by Alicia Anstead
Composer Diedre Murray took a break Sunday between performances of Best of Both Worlds [in previews at the Loeb Drama Center] to chat about her life as an artist. The show is Randy Weiner's musical version of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale set in a world of black American R&B, gospel and jazz. Diane Paulus, the show's co-writer and director [and artistic director of American Repertory Theater] called Murray a "national treasure" last night. Murray will be talking more about working and living as an artist for the OFA Learning from Performers Program, 3 p.m. Monday (TODAY!) at New College Theater, 10-12 Holyoke Street, Cambridge. The event is free and open to the public.
[Caption: Once you hear Diedre Murray's score to the musical "Best of Both Worlds," you'll know why she's smiling. ]