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Bonnie Montgomery's Clinton opera gets national coverage

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 1:11 PM

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Nice plug for Bonnie Montgomery's forthcoming opera, "Billy Blythe," which we first told you about last March, on the US News website today. Gawker's plugging it, too. Little Rock's Suzi Parker gets credit for the reporting for US News, though she doesn't have a byline.

Clinton's recent autobiography colors Montgomery's opera. "He paints this myth, it's storytelling, beautiful, and imaginative writing," says Montgomery. And Clinton's mother, she adds, "is guiding me inspirationally."

So what's it all mean? The day-in-the-life of Bill Clinton "shows a pivotal moment in Billy Blythe's coming of age because he has to stand up to his step-father, Roger Clinton, in a life-changing domestic conflict," Montgomery says in a reference to a oft-told story about how Bill challenged his physically abusive stepdad. "The day will also show his relationship to his family and community, and the internal struggles and inspirations within himself that became themes throughout his life and presidency," she says.

Montgomery's booked White Water on Saturday, September 24 for a fundraiser for the opera, where she plans to perform a scene or two.

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