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This evening I listened to the new Broadway Cast Recording of the musical “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812”, which you may recall I was obsessed with a while ago. I’ve listened to the original recording a million times, but I’d forgotten how many songs I’d excised from the playlist of it I listen to? Basically: I remove ALL OF PIERRE. Which is actually a fairly significant amount of the musical.

And listening to this other recording of the soundtrack, I didn’t skip any of the songs because then I wouldn’t get a complete sense, and I’m ONCE AGAIN AFIRE WITH RAGE ABOUT PIERRE. Why is Pierre such a major character? Why is there so much focus on Pierre? Why is Pierre the most boring person in the entire musical? PIERRE DOES NOTHING and yet he gets entire songs all about him, and he gets the emotional focus and resolution at the end of the musical instead of Natasha (who the story’s ACTUALLY about) and it’s the WORST.

AND this new version adds A WHOLE EXTRA 6.5 MINUTE PIERRE ANGST SONG WHAT THE FUCK. Adding an extra Pierre song does not actually make Pierre feel more integrated into the musical. And it is the most boring song. Why does it exist. Why does Pierre exist.

UGH. I love this musical so much in so many ways EXCEPT PIERRE’S EVERYTHING.

At any rate I guess it’s back to my carefully-excised original cast recording for me!
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Friday night I saw a production of Guys & Dolls. This is apparently a well-regarded and award-winning musical, and Stratford did a good job with it, but.....it is not the sort of musical calculated to win my affections. Its only appeal as far as I can see is just the spectacle. I mean there is a story but it's predictable (and sexist).

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Apparently A Chorus Line is like, a staple of musical theatre and any musical theatre fan worth their salt is familiar with it, or something. Today I finally saw it for the first time! And okay yes it is REALLY GOOD and defs worth seeing.

For those who (like me until recently) aren't familiar, it's a broadway musical about the ordinary people who make up the chorus lines in broadway musicals, instead of about stars and heroes and so forth. There is no protagonist in this show, and although some of the characters get more time than others it never feels like that's because they're the real heroes or anything. The show is about all of the characters.

It's set entirely during an audition for an unnamed, unknown show, and over the course of the audition we get to know the stories of the various auditioning dancers, and even a bit about the casting director too.

Apparently the inspiration was in part from interviews with actual chorus actors, and the stories they told about our lives, and I can see how that might be the case in how real these stories all feel. And the story is impressively timeless too - written in the 70's, it still feels fresh and relevant more than 40 years later.

I really don't know enough about theatre and musicals to be able to judge how well this particular version of A Chorus Line was done - I don't feel qualified to talk about it the same way I critique books. But I thought it was well done, as far as I can tell.

My one complaint, I think, would be that there was something about how the actor playing Paul gave his lines that bugged me, which is too bad because he had a long soliloquy and also because I cared about Paul SO MUCH.

(I mean, I cared about all of them! Well, except the casting director, who's an imperious asshole.)

At any rate: a worthwhile experience, a great musical, and now I need to go find out how much fic there is. (HOPEFULLY LOTS.)

Hamilton

Sep. 24th, 2015 08:53 pm
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So the entire internet has been falling over in praise for the new Broadway musical "Hamilton", and the soundtrack is up for free streaming on the npr website so tonight I was like, fiiiiine, I guess I'll give in and listen even though my interest in the US's story of itself is pretty minimal. And okay, I admit it, everyone's right, this musical is GREAT. It took me a few songs to get into the groove but once I was there I was SO THERE. Gosh.

spoiler cut? Do I need to cut for spoilers for history?? )
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Okay so I got my cd of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 in the mail a while ago and then I...didn't listen to it. Because I was worried! Worried that either I would not love it as much as I thought I would, or that I would love it too much and get overtaken into new fannish feeling about a musical that almost none of fandom has heard of.

Today I had some mindless work I had to do with my hands so I thought, OKAY SELF NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME so I finally sat down and listened to it. (with the lyric booklet in front of me so I could see who was saying what - very important!)

And I do love it a lot! But not in a dangerously overinvested way! (I THINK/HOPE)

Here are some of my feels:

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Last night I saw Stratford's production of Crazy For You! I enjoyed it very much. I'd never seen this musical before, and didn't even know any of the songs from it, so it was all new to me. Well, all new except for what I knew from reading the entire plot summary on Wikipedia going in. I like to know what to expect, especially in romantic comedies where there are going to be misunderstandings all over the place. Plot summaries are so useful!

Overall the musical is very insubstantial and silly, plot-wise. In a lot of ways it really just felt like a vehicle for all the singing and dancing. Which, I mean, it kind of IS - it's a musical that was pieced together out of a selection of Gershwin songs from a bunch of other musicals.

After I got out of the theatre last night I wrote up a list of the good things and bad things about the musical to remind myself of my opinions for doing this write-up. And you know, I think I'll just keep that structure for this post.

Things I liked and didn't like. Warning: contains brief discussion of rape culture. )
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I've listened to the Concept Album and the Original Broadway Cast recordings of the Scarlet Pimpernel multiple times each and I am ready to have some preliminary opinions - keeping in mind, of course, that at this point I am not capable of hazarding which character is singing most songs.

And my opinions are mostly that there are some things I like better about the concept album and some things I like better about the OBC, and some things I rather strongly dislike about each, and does another cast recording exist please?

The OBC has much better ordering and pacing and choice of songs than the concept album, so listening to the album as a whole is a much better listening experience. I find myself skipping a bunch of the concept album when I listen to it, whereas the OBC I listen to straight through.

But on the other hand, I am REALLY UPSET about the change of words for the titular song "The Scarlet Pimpernel" between the two because the concept album's lyrics for that song are OBVIOUSLY SUPERIOR (in my not so humble opinion). That's the song where the changes are most marked, but even for, say, "The Creation of Man" the way it's done changes between the two and I like the concept album's version better. There are a few minor changes that I do like in the OBC bust mostly I prefer the concept album's versions of lyrics and spoken interjections.

So for most individual songs I'm happier with the concept album, but for the overall musical I'm happier with the OBC.

And in minor nitpicky opinions, there are a few lines in the OBC sung by bit parts where the choices of the voice actor REALLY BUG ME so it makes me frustrated to listen to the OBC. And is it just me or does Marguerite's french accent come and go? And Marguerite at least attempts a French accent, but Chauvelin doesn't even bother and is just half-American half-British? CONSISTENCY YOU GUYS.

Anyways no but seriously do other cast recordings exist? These were the only two I could find! And as far as I can tell neither of them accurately represents the musical as it is generally staged today?



Relatedly! I started watching the takarazuka production of The Scarlet Pimpernel! (Star troupe, 2008) and within the first ten minutes I was already like OKAY THIS IS THE PERCIEST PERCY TO EVER PERCY, EVERYONE ELSE CAN GO HOME NOW. I'm no longer 100% convinced of that (mostly because wowwwwww that is a really terrible disguise) but I still utterly adore this Percy. Also everything else about this production. Really all you need to know is in this picspam/reaction/summary by skygiants. So far I'm up to Percy in tiger-print.

What other versions of the Scarlet Pimpernel should I watch?
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So I figured being home sick was the right time to watch Párizsi élet. And - welp, now I've seen it. And my levels of bafflement are SO HIGH RIGHT NOW. SO MUCH BAFFLEMENT.

Like, I can manage to figure out that there are a lot of sex jokes? and also that the characters are pretty drunk for at least a couple of the major scenes? But other than that I am just a lot of ????

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS when you watch a show when you don't know the language and don't have subs and don't even know the plot. So. Um. I really liked the scenes Bobinet and Gardefeu were in together! They were super adorable dorks around each other. But that was a relatively small percentage of the running time, and I couldn't tell ANY OF THE OTHER CHARACTERS APART FROM EACH OTHER. (well, except Alphonse)

So! I am willing to bet that if you have even a little bit more of a clue than me then this is a great show, but as it is.... I think I'll just go reread the one extant fic for this production, which is charming and adorable and great and comprehensible
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Over the last two days I rewatched Romeo e Giulietta, this time with subtitles! I liveblogged my thoughts about it on tumblr because it was the only way I was going to successfully get myself to rewatch the whole thing. (I am so bad at watching things.) So! You can read my thoughts at the tag sophia-rewatches r e g at my tumblr, if that is something that interests you.
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So I saw Les Miserables last night in Toronto! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS DAY SINCE HIGH SCHOOL. (which was, for the record, some time ago by this point.) And you know, in some ways I wish my high school self could have seen this instead of my current self, because....I have spent the last ten months on the internet reading ridiculous quantities of meta about Les Miserables (both book and musical) and the historical context in which the story is set. I KNOW TOO MUCH.

lots of thoughts and feels under the cut. )
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have now watched the Takarazuka production (Star troupe) of Romeo et Juliette, and can I just say: WHY DOESN'T EVERYBODY DO SPARKLY ALL-FEMALE PRODUCTIONS OF MUSICALS????

in other words, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Hungarian Romeo es Julia is still first in my heart, but this is definitely still great.

I liked Romeo and Juliet, I liked Benvolio, Mercutio was weirdly uninteresting, Tybalt was GREAT, Paris was appropriately hilarious, everyone was beautiful and everyone was wearing beautiful outfits, and I ship the personifications of Love and Death a lot.

AND NOW IT IS BEDTIME.

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