We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Arthur Laurents needed a Maria for his upcoming Broadway revival of "West Side Story." The 91-year-old director, who wrote the libretto for the legendary 1957 musical, found her on YouTube.
Josefina Scaglione was an Argentine stage actress working in Buenos Aires. She spoke English with a rich Spanish accent, was unknown to American audiences and was exactly what Mr. Laurents had been searching for.
Marvelous voice. Good visuals in the video. Too much bass to my taste; better the Piazzolla orchestration. I heard Mariza, the Portuguese fado singer, in concert a while back with a similar opinion. Great voice, but the bass interfered with hearing her voice. Better the light orchestration that Amalia Rodrigues sang with.
Josefina, cut the bass, please!
Excuse me while I go drink my yerba mate.
(BTW, Piazzolla, the composer of Libertango, spent a substantial part of his childhood in the US, so we have a certain claim on him.)