WindyCityOperaman

Dan Soda (Windy City Operaman) is a Chicago native whose first visit to opera was at age 17 and Massenet’s Werther with Troyanos and Kraus. Nothing was ever the same. Opera and concert performances, recordings and video are an obsession. He prepares Parterre Box’s daily birthday and anniversary tributes. He also enjoys concerts, live theater and movies.


The Silencer The Silencer

Born on this day in 1929 model, actress and nightclub singer Joi Lansing.

on April 06, 2022 at 12:08 AM
“I will never be below the title” “I will never be below the title”

Born on this day in 1908 Miss Bette Davis.

on April 05, 2022 at 12:54 AM
Won’t you be my neighbor? Won’t you be my neighbor?

Born on this day in 1906 television, radio, and voice actress Bea Benaderet.

on April 04, 2022 at 1:02 PM
Fish gotta swim Fish gotta swim

Happy April Fools Day!

on April 01, 2022 at 11:52 AM
Out of her dreams Out of her dreams

Happy 88th birthday actress and singer Shirley Jones.

on March 31, 2022 at 8:00 AM
Welcome to the musical theater Welcome to the musical theater

On this day in 1970 Lauren Bacall made her dancing and “singing” debut at the Palace Theatre in Applause, a musical version of All About Eve that went on to run 895 performances.

on March 30, 2022 at 10:18 AM
One big heart in all the world One big heart in all the world

Born on this day in 1918 actress and singer Pearl Bailey.

on March 29, 2022 at 11:36 AM
Vagabond shoes Vagabond shoes

Happy 36th birthday singer, songwriter, and actress Lady Gaga.

on March 28, 2022 at 10:23 AM
I’m the greatest star I’m the greatest star

Born on this day in 1899 film diva and entrepreneuse Gloria Swanson.

on March 27, 2022 at 8:59 AM
Human nature Human nature

Born on this day in 1921 actress Simone Signoret.

on March 25, 2022 at 9:09 AM
The Sultan of Sequins The Sultan of Sequins

Born on this day in 1940 designer Bob Mackie.

on March 24, 2022 at 8:08 AM
“I am just too much” “I am just too much”

Born on this day in 1904(!) actress Joan Crawford.

on March 23, 2022 at 8:01 AM
Daughter of the wind Daughter of the wind

Happy 72nd birthday actress, director and screenwriter Fanny Ardant.

on March 22, 2022 at 9:55 AM
La peau douce La peau douce

Born on this day in 1942 actress Françoise Dorléac.

on March 21, 2022 at 9:42 AM
Some sunny day Some sunny day

Born on this day in 1917 English songstress Dame Vera Lynn.

on March 20, 2022 at 3:38 AM
“Ursula Undress” “Ursula Undress”

Happy 86th birthday actress Ursula Andress.

on March 19, 2022 at 8:00 AM
A lady has responsibilities A lady has responsibilities

Happy 58th birthday to actress and singer Vanessa Williams.

on March 18, 2022 at 7:42 AM
You will see her dance You will see her dance

Born on this day in 1906 actress Brigitte Helm.

on March 17, 2022 at 8:00 AM
An adventuress An adventuress

On this day in 1914 female impersonator Julian Eltinge opened in The Crinoline Girl at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

on March 16, 2022 at 9:07 AM
Just don’t cry for love Just don’t cry for love

Born on this day in 1907 controversial actress and singer Zarah Leander.

on March 15, 2022 at 9:15 AM
She was lazing around her bedroom She was lazing around her bedroom

Born on this day in 1943 actress, singer and dancer Anita Morris.

on March 14, 2022 at 8:00 AM
It’s in her kiss It’s in her kiss

Happy 73rd birthday soprano Julia Migenes.

on March 13, 2022 at 3:45 AM
With a Z With a Z

Happy 76th birthday to the one and only Miss Liza Minnelli.

on March 12, 2022 at 1:00 AM
“No good deed goes unpunished” “No good deed goes unpunished”

Born on this day in 1903 author, politician, U.S. ambassador and public conservative figure Clare Boothe Luce.

on March 10, 2022 at 8:31 AM
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