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By Cindy Yantis It was announced in Variety last week that the Tony Award winning play, The Normal Heart, is finally being made into a film, and with no less than the brilliant Ryan Murphy directing. I found this news particularly exciting because I witnessed firsthand the very beginning of the fast moving surge that's culminating with the film. My friend, actor and producer David Youse, had the spark of an idea to bring Larry Kramer's 1985 masterpiece back to life for its 25th Anniversary. He had Mr. Kramer's blessing, then hired Oscar & Tony winner Joel Grey (that's David and Joel to the right) to direct a star studded reading at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles which has raised over $175,000 benefiting several AIDS organizations. A New York reading starring Glenn Close followed which really created a buzz. Broadway producer Daryl Roth took the play to Broadway and... Read more →