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October 16, 2009

The The-atah! (imagine David Cross rolling onto the stage)

Filed under: Uncategorized — irenejk @ 5:52 pm

So I’m not going to lie, I usually hate musicals.  Really.  I made myself fall asleep during Phantom of the Opera because it was So. Boring.  I know. Judge me.  I deserve it.  Hating musicals led me to not liking plays and other things live and on stage.  Sure there were a few that I could appreciate and enjoy but for the most part their deliberate/horrible line delivery turn me off.

AND THEN last night I had a GREAT theater experience.  And not only was it great it was excellent. Unparalleled.  Extraordinary.  I saw This: (photo thanks to parisetudiant.com)

Flute

Mozart’s The Magic FluteThe South African adaptation.  Holy Moly it was amazing.  I can’t describe in words and sentences the magic that is the Magic Flute. Ha ha.  A few things: the orchestra is on stage, so the intro was more than just listening.  You could see the cast rocking out on their marimbas.  Swaying and pounding.  Plus, watching a good conductor in cargo pants and bare feet is a juxtaposition you don’t see every day.  The orchestra is made up of varying sizes of said marimbas.  That’s IT, yet the music is SO well done; it didn’t feel like anything was missing.  Many marimba sizes makes for a impressive amount of texture.  The dancers/singers/actors are also the instrumentalists so 33 people are switching instruments and roles, but it’s not at all distracting, it’s mesmerizing.  Also, these cats can Dance! and sing!  And they are funny when they want to be!!  Sometimes when you hear a really good song do you ever feel almost debilitated like you stop walking or reading or you feel like you shouldn’t move for fear it might disrupt this palpable moment of perfection?  I felt like that a lot during this production.  There was so much to love.  So if this is coming to you, buy tickets and GO.

I tried to find some stuff on youtube but nothing really captures the feeling.  Here is the best that I found.  Ignore the French.  Around 1:43 was my favorite part.

So good!  I tried to take pictures in the theater but right after my first attempts there was an announcement saying I wasn’t allowed to.

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You get the idea.  Good night!

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1 Comment »

  1. I also hate musicals. I watched the movie for Phantom of the Opera and wanted to break a TV.

    Comment by Bob — October 16, 2009 @ 7:55 pm


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