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ROUND EVERY CORNER
« on: March 12, 2009, 12:09:30 AM »

Well, you've read the notes, the notes went round every corner, and now it is time for you to post until the cows come home - they're currently going round ever cowner.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2009, 12:10:04 AM »

And the word of the day is: ACEDIA!
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2009, 01:48:50 AM »

Well, bk, that can't have been easy to contemplate or to write about, but thank you for sharing it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2009, 01:49:20 AM »

DR JRand58, glad you are starting to feel better!     :)      May your progress continue!
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2009, 01:50:05 AM »

DR JoseSPiano, sounds like you have a nice setup there.  Looking forward to your posts as you settle into your job and as you explore the city.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2009, 05:04:42 AM »

For Mr. Barnum (or anyone else enamored of Mr. Tom Wopat), a review from the New York Times (Stephen Holden) of Wopat's new cabaret act in the Oak Room of the Algonquin

Music Review | Tom Wopat
Rugged Leading Man Is a Little Bit Broadway, a Little Bit Country

By STEPHEN HOLDEN
Published: March 11, 2009

Tom Wopat strolled into the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel on Tuesday evening, crooning a flawless a cappella rendition of “Last Night When We Were Young.” Halfway through the song the pianist Tedd Firth slid in behind him, and Mr. Wopat’s wonderful new show, “Love Swings,” was off and running. Following them every step of the way were David Finck on bass and Bob Malach on tenor sax.

Because both Mr. Wopat and Frank Sinatra are saloon singers who imprint their personalities on everything they perform, they are kindred spirits, although their voices are not much alike. Mr. Wopat’s version of the Sinatra hit “That’s Life” stripped this pugilistic anthem of much of its combativeness and turned it into an easygoing “One for My Baby”-style jaunt, without the alcoholic content.

Unlike Sinatra, Mr. Wopat can be a rugged Broadway leading man (“Annie Get Your Gun,” “City of Angels”) when the occasion demands.

Then, without straining to be anyone other than himself, he can strap on a guitar and deliver honky-tonk country-blues (Delbert McClinton’s “Maybe Someday Baby”) with the casual authority of a veteran who has played a thousand nights at juke joints, or a rural Mississippian (his languid, folksy rendition of “Ode to Billie Joe”).

What he shares with Sinatra is an ability to live inside whatever he sings. His flexibility doesn’t seem to be a matter of self-conscious role playing but an expression of his far-reaching musical tastes and personal experience. A similar range applies to the ages of his songs’ narrators. Singing a slow bossa nova-flavored version of the Beatles’ “And I Love Her,” in a boyishly smooth voice, he conveyed the rapture of a young man in the throes of first love. (Mr. Wopat is 57.) A similar sense of a somewhat older man spellbound while on a romantic journey infused his version of Judy Collins’s “Since You’ve Asked.”

His most refreshing reinvention was a brisk, understated version of “Over the Rainbow” that took the song back from the hundreds of histrionic belters who have used it as a platform for broadcasting their self-pity. Mr. Wopat treated it as an expression not of defeat but of possibility. As he sang the words, “Why, oh, why can’t I?,” it sounded as if he meant: “Why not? Let’s give it a try.”

Tom Wopat performs through March 21 at the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel, 59 West 44th Street, Manhattan; (212) 419-9331, algonquinhotel.com
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2009, 05:04:53 AM »

It's off to work I go.
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2009, 05:05:13 AM »

7:59 and the rat hole calls.
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2009, 05:14:18 AM »

Amazing notes.

Thanks for sharing.

I know its not easy to talk about oneself during dark times.
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2009, 05:16:58 AM »

I curious to see what of the song of day will be
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« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2009, 05:25:05 AM »

Thursday morning greetings!  The optician is going to put the remade lenses in my new glasses today.  Film at 11.
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2009, 05:51:15 AM »

Film at 11.

Who is that in those Foster Grants?       8)
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2009, 06:04:08 AM »

TOD: Just cast me in it; guaranteed to be bad.
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« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2009, 06:09:03 AM »

Good Morning!

I'm up, I'm up... And I'm about to head into a production meeting, so...

Laters...
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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2009, 06:26:30 AM »

Good morning everyone.   Off to work.   Will have to reread BK's notes again when I get home.
It's wonderful to be able to talk about the bad stuff and then move forward.  Believing is the key.
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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2009, 06:36:27 AM »

And the word of the day is: ACEDIA!

And The Song Of The Day Is: LAZY BONES
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2009, 06:47:45 AM »

Good morning, all! BK, these notes for the last week have been amazing.

So, for me the day is made up of Babes In Toyland and Frank Loesser; our office goal is to turn into the Institute within the next month Volume 1 of the Babes full score (the volume containing the show and its appendices) with its critical report, the piano-vocal score, libretto, and all notes and man report. Volume 2 of the full score (German version, commercial stock arrangements and Herbert's Concert Overture) is still in prep. I want to finish Act One of Loesser tomorrow because I've got a ton of notes to write up and turn it in. The next two weeks are tied up with Babes and Ron Raines' April 7 concert with an April 1 band rehearsal.

TOD:
   Tony . . . . .  Leah Delaria
   Maria . . . . . Michael Jackson
   Anita . . . . .  Liza Minelli
   Riff . . . . . . . David Gest
   Bernardo . . .Clay Aken
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Re: ROUND EVERY CORNER
« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2009, 06:51:05 AM »

TO YOU

MY HEART CRIES OUT "ACEDIA"
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« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2009, 06:56:08 AM »

TOD:

Tony: Alec Mapa
Maria: Kristin Chenoweth
Anita: Barbara Cook
Riff:  Ru Paul
Bernardo: Nathan Lane
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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2009, 07:03:32 AM »

Let's hear it for Tom! :)

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Re: ROUND EVERY CORNER
« Reply #20 on: March 12, 2009, 07:12:40 AM »

Here's some interesting news:
http://www.operetta-research-center.org/main.php

If you don't know Im Weissen Rossl, it's a fantastic operetta score, although I prefer the French version L'Auberge du Cheval blanc.
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« Reply #21 on: March 12, 2009, 07:28:35 AM »

What?
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« Reply #22 on: March 12, 2009, 07:28:37 AM »

BK, loved today's notes.  Been there and know what you're talking about.  I'm always amazed by people who think once you've been on stage or TV, that you're in show biz and you've got it made.  I've know so many people who've been on top and been on the bottom and then been back in the game.  It's an ongoing struggle and you never have got it made.  It's also the most emotionally debilitating business in the world, where you can be riding the crest and, a phone call later, be plummetting into the depths of despair.  I always tell people:  "If you can be a happy, whole person doing anything else, go do it."  Because this is a sickness.  A grand sickness, but a sickness nonetheless.  Even we lucky ones who have managed to eke out lengthy careers and had some measure of success, still have to climb down in the trench and fight the same battle each day.


Part Two of Pogue's London Theatre Diary is up on Pogue's Pages...

www.poguespages.blogspot.com
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« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2009, 07:30:02 AM »

What great notes!  Thanks for sharing MR  BK!
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« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2009, 07:32:38 AM »

TOD:

West Side Story

Tony - Lance Bass
Maria - Amy Winehouse
Bernardo - Mario Lopez
Anita - Paula Abdul

Riff - Tony Stewart from NASCAR just to get a different demographic into the theatre

Officer Krupke - Abe Vigoda who will also play Doc
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« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2009, 07:33:59 AM »

Good morning!

Cooler ehre today, but it wasn't as cool as I was expecting. Should be a pleasant day and certainly much more typical for mid-March than what we've been living for the last week.
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« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2009, 07:37:06 AM »

Abe Vigoda

Is he still alive?      ;)
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« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2009, 07:37:20 AM »

Bad WEST SIDE STORY:

Tony - Harvey Fierstein
Maria - Lanie Kazan
Anita - Felicity Huffman
Bernardo - Mickey Rooney (as always)
Riff - Tim Curry
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« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2009, 07:39:17 AM »

On TV Tonight!™

ABC - UGLY BETTY, GREY'S ANATOMY, PRIVATE PRACTICE
NBC - comedies, ER
CBS - SURVIVOR, CSI, ELEVENTH HOUR
FOX - BONES, HELL'S KITCHEN
CW  - SMALLVILLE, SUPERNATURAL
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« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2009, 07:41:05 AM »

Sugar and I watched the sunrise over Camelback Mountain on our first  walk of the day.  I liked the dancing in "West Side Story."  And George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn and of course, the glorious Natalie Wood.

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