Ugly dumpling Maria Callas lost almost a hundred pounds and transformed herself into a beautiful diva. She ditched her dull husband and hooked up with the dangerous Aristotle Onassis, who then abandoned her. Callas died lonely, a recluse. Someone should write an opera about it.
Terrence McNally’s funny, reverential and wholly engrossing “Master Class” brings us all too briefly into the distinctive orbit of Maria Callas in the twilight of her career, when the soprano called La Divina critiqued young singers before invited audiences of opera students.
Arthur Laurents, the New York-born laureate storyteller who penned the scripts for “West Side Story” and “Gypsy,” two of the most successful and influential musicals in theater history, has died. He was 93.