Secluded stars: Callaway salutes 'Everyday Heroes' in song
It's funny how some songs can take on extra relevance in troubled times. That's certainly the case with a song by Winnetka native and Broadway veteran Ann Hampton Callaway called "Everyday Heroes."
Callaway performed the song as part of the online "Heart & Home: Up with People Songwriters Tribute" on May 19.
"I want to dedicate a song I wrote eight years ago called 'Everyday Heroes' to the extraordinary people who are stepping up on the front lines during this incredibly challenging pandemic," Callaway said remotely from her home in Tucson, Arizona. "I sing this to you with all my love and gratitude."
Accompanying herself on the piano, Callaway sang lyrics like they were written just last week.
"Everyday heroes, how do they live?
They ask nothing in return, they simply give.
They don't waste time, they come through.
When they see what is right, that's what they do.
Everyday heroes, we honor you."
Redd gets tested
It's fun to keep up with "Saturday Night Live" star and former Naperville resident Chris Redd, aka @Reddsaidit, on Twitter. Too bad that not all of Redd's tweets can be shared in a family newspaper.
Recently, Redd tested to see if he was exposed to the coronavirus. Here's what he tweeted out on May 20 after it came back negative:
"Knowing I've never had the Rona only proves you definitely can't get it from ordering Chipotle bowls to your doorstep."
Remembering 'One Live to Live'
Die-hard soap opera fans who soaked up last-week's ABC documentary "The Story of Soaps" are in luck.
Four stars of "One Life to Live" are set to appear for an online reunion at 1 p.m. Thursday. They include Aurora native Andrea Evans (Tina), Fiona Hutchison (Gabrielle), Ilene Kristen (Roxanne) and Tonja Walker (Alex).
They'll be interviewed by Alan Locher, a former TV publicist who has set up his own YouTube channel called "The Locher Room."
Wheeling native Deborah Voigt stars as Cassandra in Berlioz's epic opera "Les Troyens," which is being streamed by the Metropolitan Opera online on Thursday.
- Courtesy of Cory Weaver/ The Metropolitan Opera
Opera soprano and Wheeling native Deborah Voigt appeared in a 2013 revival of Hector Berlioz's 19th-century epic "Les Troyens" ("The Trojans"). The Metropolitan Opera production is being streamed for free at 6 p.m. Thursday at metopera.org.
Voight played Cassandra, a mythological Trojan prophetess cursed with the knowledge of the future, only to be ignored by everyone around her.
No doubt many epidemiologists and other scientists today can relate.