Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Anne Hathaway: Soprano in the Wings

(Photo: Mario Testino/Vogue)
Actress Anne Hathaway has made a success on celluloid, but few know of her musical talents. Hathaway graduated from Millburn High School, where she participated in many school plays; her high school performance as Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress garnered her a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award nomination for Best Performance by a High School Actress. A soprano, Hathaway performed in 1998 and 1999 with the All-Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus at Carnegie Hall and has performed in plays at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, New Jersey. Three days after her 1999 performance at Carnegie Hall, she was cast in the short-lived Fox television series Get Real at the age of 16. In 2004, Hathaway dropped out of her role in a film adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera, because the production schedule overlapped with The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, which she was contractually obligated to make. Disney began production on The Princess Diaries 2 in early 2004, and it was released in August of that year. The film opened to negative reviews, but commissioned $95.1 million against a $40 -million budget. Anna Netrebko, portraying an opera singer, appeared in the film. Outside of portraying the life of legend Judy Garland, one has to wonder if there isn't a role for Anne Hathaway to play that depicts the life of an opera star like Jenny Lind during her P.T. Barnum days.

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