Music: After 21 Years

At 14, a fat, bright-eyed little Negro girl from Keyport, NJ. rolled into Manhattan with a high-school diploma in her hand, and an idea in her head that she would become a "high dramatic soprano." But the big time was hard to break into: Juanita Hall was 35 before she padded onto a Broadway stage as Bloody Mary, the betel-chewing Tonkinese mama in South Pacific (TIME, April 18) and stole a considerable piece of that smash hit from Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza.

Last week the big time was really beginning to bring its fat returns to Juanita.

Right Role. In the genteel...

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