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#31 Sneakeater

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Posted 04 May 2016 - 05:02 AM

Is She Loves Me my favorite Broadway musical score? It might be.

Certainly I've been singing the title song in the shower since 1963. Although the pitch keeps getting lower.
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Posted 04 May 2016 - 05:04 AM

This is the second production I've seen. And in each one, I thought: the guy who plays Kodaly can't compete with Jack Cassidy. And I've never seen Jack Cassidy in this. (The Original Cast Album remains one of the all-time classics, though.)
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Posted 04 May 2016 - 05:08 AM

As much as I like Boyd Gaines's work in general, I have to say that Zachary Levi is a more convincing Georg Nowack. Gaines is such a matinee idol, you couldn't see why he would have been shy or insecure about this relationship. Levi is goofy enough that you could believe in his shyness and insecurity. (At this point in her career, though, Laura Benanati couldn't project ingenuousness if she begged.)
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Posted 14 May 2016 - 05:15 AM

It turns out that Melissa Errico is so good that she can convincingly portray a frump.

(Maybe in the next revival of Passion she'll play Fosca.)
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Posted 29 May 2016 - 04:11 AM

I'm sure it's no surprise that I am an insane fan of Kid Creole and the Coconuts (and, for that matter, their predecessor band Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band).  They even are important to me personally:  one of my first dates with the person who eventually became my late wife was to a Kid Creole show right after their first album, Off the Coast of Me, came out.
 
I often thought that Tommy Browder a/k/a August Darnell a/k/a Kid Creole should write a musical.  So you can bet I was beside myself with anticipation when it was announced that an August Darnell musical called Cherchez la Femme (after Dr. Buzzard's big hit) would be playing at La Mama.
 
Too bad it sucked.
 
It sucked because (a) it was semi-autobiographical, or at least about a guy in a band, and who the fuck cares about THAT?, but more important (b) it betrayed the Kid Creole legend:  a large of part of the point of Kid Creole and the Coconuts was that the protagonist was portrayed very obviously as a guy whose social and sexual reach exceeded his grasp, whereas here the protagonist -- an obvious Kid Creole stand-in -- is portrayed as if he were Prince or something.  Even Woody Allen, damaged beyond repair as he is, continues to present his protagonists as schlubs (even when they're schlubs played by Owen Wilson).
 
So Mr. Darnell should write a real musical, with a real book, not just some self-gratifying legend-building thing -- and get a better librettist than some former NME reviewer (sorry, Wilf).
 
If it were still safe to post to Bonk Lists, Kristina Hanford would get a listing.


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Posted 29 May 2016 - 06:06 PM

Never mind

I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 11:21 PM

Goldman did publish in NME, but more a Sounds writer. Curious choice as a librettist, I agree.

And I did not know Darnell's real name.

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Posted 30 May 2016 - 03:47 AM

So you didn't know that he and Stony were brothers? Didn't you notice how alike they looked?
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 02:46 AM

Went to UCSC last night to see some of N's students perform in the annual student opera production.  This year it was Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Some of the singers were quite good for their age, and it was only an hour long, but as I told N it didn't make me appreciate either opera or baroque music any more.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 04:14 PM

You didn't think that Dido's closing Lament was one of the most moving things you've ever heard? (Apparently not.)
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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:37 PM

Nope, sorry.  "I'm going to kill myself because you decided to obey an order of the gods. Oh, you said you'll stay?  No, it's too late, because how could you even for one second consider to have left me even though the gods may have killed you."  Hard to work up much sympathy for her.

 

Yeah, I'm a hard case. :P


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 09:35 PM

Speaking of opera: We went to The Importance of Being Earnest on Saturday, part of the NY Phil Biennial. This is the version with a bass singing Lady Bracknell (but dressed in a regular man's garb). The whole production was terrific--singing, pretty bizarre staging in contemporary dress, musicians (include Carter Brey, Sheryl Staples, and much of the Phil's percussion section). It's hard to remember how many times we've seen the play, because we've also seen Stoppard's Travesties so many time, but even as cut down as an opera libretto has to be, this had most of the best lines. And probably the best use of mobile phones I could ever hope to see.

 

If there's ever another production near me, I expect to see it again.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 10:04 PM

I thought this succeeded very well as an opera about how you can't successfully turn The Importance of Being Ernest into an opera.  And I mean that as a compliment.  I really enjoyed it.  (And the performers should all be given medals or something for excellent work in extremely trying circumstances.)
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#44 Suzanne F

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 11:19 PM

Well, there's opera, and there's opera. Maybe we have to consider it as a different paradigm.


I don't actually know what a handbasket is -- but whatever they are, singer-songwriters are in the first ones going to hell. -- Sneakeater, 29 March 2018 - 12:06 AM

 

notorious stickler -- NY Times
deeply annoying and nitpicking -- Molly O'Neill, One Big Table


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:27 AM

Does Gwendolyn throw herself off the battlements at the end?