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  1. ELEKTRA and CARRIE

    Birgit Nilsson as Elektra, 1960's

    Elektra and Carrie


    In April 1988 the musical version of Stephen King’s Carrie began a chaotic series of previews at Broadway’s Virginia Theatre; it never opened officially and for years was best remembered from author Ken Mendelbaum’s descriptions of it in his funny, insightful study of failed Broadway musicals, Not Since Carrie (1991). According to Mendelbaum, Carrie
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    Updated Apr-22-2019 at 19:20 by Bellinilover

    Tags: musicals, opera
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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Opera
  2. A Look Back at Paramount's WUTHERING HEIGHTS and the BBC's JANE EYRE

    Despite my love for Strauss and late Verdi, early-Romantic bel canto opera is my favorite. If Bellini's operas and many of Donizetti's will never be wildly popular, if Verdi's Attila will never be played as often as his Aida, then Verdi's last bel canto-like works (La Traviata in particular) are among his most popular today. I'd venture a guess that most people like Beethoven's music, and that Rossini's music pleases so many because it's similarly rhythmic; the musicologist Robert Greenberg once
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    Updated Mar-27-2018 at 21:16 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Opera , Visual Arts , Literature
  3. A Tale of Two TOSCAs

    From its stern and then scurrying opening measures and its several, famous, semi-spoken lines (Tosca: "Non posso piu"; "Quanto?...Il prezzo"; "Questo e il bacio di Tosca"; "E avanti a lui tremava tutta Roma"), to its tense second act and tragic third, Puccini's Tosca (1900) is to opera-goers so familiar as to be almost a cliché. This writer can hear the whole work, from start to finish, in her mind's ear; "definitive" renditions like the 1953
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    Updated Apr-12-2018 at 20:14 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Conductors , Opera , Recorded Music
  4. What Makes Them Great?: Javert's Songs in LES MISERABLES

    Few musicals of the last thirty years can claim as many hit songs as can Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schoenberg’s ubiquitous if powerful Les Miserables. “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” “One Day More,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” are among the titles that have, through the decades, become household names–and not in theatregoing “households” only, as Act I’s concerted finale, “One Day More,” has inspired
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    Updated Jan-15-2018 at 06:01 by Bellinilover

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    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Recorded Music
  5. The Score of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF: An Appreciation

    Reference recordings:
    1. Fiddler on the Roof: Original Broadway cast (1964)
    2. Fiddler on the Roof: Broadway revival cast (2004)



    The video above shows the Bottle Dance, highlight of Fiddler on the Roof’s wedding scene and arguably the most famous musical number ever choreographed by the great Jerome Robbins. At the wedding of Tzeitel to Motel, a line of Hasidic Jewish men balance wine bottles atop their
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    Updated Sep-23-2017 at 03:55 by Bellinilover

    Tags: musicals
    Categories
    Classical Music , Non-Classical Music , Recorded Music
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