Diva / Mensch pair for 4/29/20
I'm closing out our CoViD-19 tribute with two performances that were specific to this crisis.
Diva: Kristin Chenoweth, "Taylor the Latte Boy"
Mensch: Christine Ebersole, "How Can I Keep From Singing?"
Rosie O'Donnell hosted a benefit for the Actors Fund on 3/22/20. Chenoweth was one of the performers and sang one of her signature songs, "Taylor the Latte Boy." Cute, of course. She's a Diva because she chose to make this moment of global crisis all about her, her talent, and her cuteness.
Christine Ebersole performed "How Can I Keep From Singing?" for the Lincoln Center website. She's a Mensch because her performance had a generosity of spirit, rather than a generosity of personality. It wasn't about her, it was about the song and the moment, reaching out to the audience rather than putting on a show.