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Subject: Re: Levine - the casting couch
From: John Freeman <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:John Freeman <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 3 Dec 2017 15:41:35 -0500
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The casting couch has been around forever.
Its cleverly depicted in the wonderful Judy Garland film of A Star is Born
from 1954. (Not suggesting it was right.)
John

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpd_eBTAjkk


On 12/3/17, 3:26 PM, "Jon Goldberg" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> "Rumors" have also circulated for years about a male casting couch situation
> with a 
> member of the producing wing of Les Miserables (the original American
> production and 
> tours) - this man is still around and really should be brought to light. Also,
> Tom Wopat 
> was arrested in a Boston suburb this summer due to an incident brought by a
> female 
> member of the summerstock production he was starring in...he was fired from
> the show, 
> but there were also a lot of insinuations that this was hardly his first
> offense. 
> 
> The rumors about Levine are certainly well-known, and none of this should be a
> shock to 
> anyone anymore. We've treated these rumors with the same kind of "silent
> conspiracy" 
> we all learned to live with in earlier times (c.f. the Catholic priest
> incidents, etc), and I
> think it's time indeed that we stop brushing this stuff under the carpet.
> Granted, none of 
> us want to deal with this kind of ugliness, but I don't think it serves anyone
> anymore to 
> just pretend it's not happening. Levine could have been stopped years ago, and
> should 
> have been - but he still can be.
> 
> And, as for Levine, I can indeed separate the felon from his talent the same
> way I can 
> admire Wagner's music - but yes, it is time for him to face a different kind
> of music now. 
> 
> 
> 
> On Sun, 3 Dec 2017 13:11:03 -0700, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> One thing is certain, the casting couch has been around for centuries, for
>> women and for me.  For anyone younger, prettier, and vulnerable for trading
>> favors for the possility of fame and fortune.  Where its a problem in the
>> current case is that there are underage males abut in other instances of
>> course, underage females.
>> 
>> Donald
> 
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