Bravo, The Fabulous Fox!
Sunday, 8 December.
A full day.
Church. School work at my dining room table. Webster University Orchestra, Chamber Singers, and Parkway South Concert Choir in concert at Christ Church Cathedral. Advent Lessons & Carols at St. Peter’s, Ladue. Drinks and cabaret concert (The Skivvies!) at Blue Strawberry, with dear friends.
Home at 11.
Up at midnight with a tummy upset. Rough night. Alas.
Two selfies from yesterday:
SONGS I WISH MY MOTHER
HAD TAUGHT ME
Tuesday, February 25, 8 p.m.
Tentative venue: the new Blue Strawberry in Central West End
Featuring such songs as
I love a piano
Bye, bye blackbird
Accentuate the positive
The man I love
and more by
Michel LeGrand, Jerry Herman, Irving Berlin, Morton Lauridsen,
Kander & Ebb, Goldrich & Heisler, and of course P.D.Q. Bach!
This is ticketed event. Stay tuned for details.
I am missing three shows, but this is the loot from the last two weeks.
Missing: Lightning Thief, Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and Big Apple Circus.
What a two weeks! Two operas at the Met. Circa from Australia as part of the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center. John Williams with the SLSO. My own voice student heading Brighton Beach Memoirs. And all these musicals, both in NYC and in STL . . . .
I’ve only done this once before in my life, this thing called a three-show day.
And at 11.30 p.m. and just back at my hotel, I’m pretty wiped out. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally.
Wednesday 9 a.m. Meet Grace & Greg Jones in Central Park West for breakfast.
10 a.m. Arrive a couple of blocks away, just off Broadway, for an invited first public reading of Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a new musical in development by The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and Abingdon Theatre in New York City. Paul Fujimoto is the composer and lyricist, with book and direction by Lainie Sakakura. The source material is Jamie Ford’s book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
Spencer Donovan Jones, my voice student, is playing Teen Henry at the current moment. He had the audience in tears at the end of Act One. I was so proud of this kid today.
2 p.m. After appropriate post-read greetings, and a quick chat with the creative team, I took the 1 line south to 50th, grabbed a hot dog, and ended up at the Walter Kerr on 48th, where my matinee was Hadestown.
5 p.m. From my journal: “Hadestown. A towering production of brilliant originality, perfectly cast and stunning in its final effect.”
By the time the show was over, I had already had three cries in one day (two at Spencer’s show). The curtain call number is the most effecting moment in a superb show.
Write a bit. Give some tourists directions.
And then subway north again, this time Lincoln Center for a solo dinner at The Smith.
7.30 p.m. And then Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera. In spite of a fidgety few nearby in the third act, this rusty museum-piece production by Zeffirelli still has some legs. Christine Goerke holds her own as Turandot, and tonight’s Calaf, Ricardo Massi, got progressively better after a wobbly start. The whole thing lacked some steam, though. The hit of the night? Eleonaro Buratto as Liu.
And of course I cried again at the final scene.
Now midnight, and time for bed. Thursday is a totally different kind of day!
My hotel is in the heart of K-Town, with Korean restaurants and dessert places all around. Happy, am I.
Updated plans —
Tuesday. The Morgan Library. Dinner with my friendship family student from Webster. Scotland, Pa., Off-Broadway.
Wednesday. Workshop reading of Corner of Bitter & Sweet. Hadestown. Turandot at Metropolitan Opera.
Thursday. Big Apple Circus. Grolier Club. En Masse, part of the White Lights Festival.
Friday. The Met to view Islamic art and the new installation of musical instruments. I’ve put in for the Moulin Rouge lottery. Will see something!
Saturday. Brunch with former students. Manon at the Met. And Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in the evening.
How I LOVE the Morgan Library…..
And a Book of Hours:
And kitchen photography in the atrium:
And an exhibition of John Singer Sargent charcoal drawings:
And stumbling upon the Penguin Books publishing headquarters:
And panna cotta dessert at dinner:
And a final preview of Scotland, Pa., which was very funny, for a while:
I’m away for a few days to NYC.
After several visits during sabbatical, this is my first trip to the city in seven months.
And on this packed visit:
- Manon at the Metropolitan Opera
- Moulin Rouge
- Big Apple Circus
- Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
- En Masse (an Australian circus)
- Spencer Jones’ workshop performance of Corner of Bitter and Sweet
- some museum visits
- and two more shows yet to be decided
Wednesday is a three-show-day!
Saturday evening was taken with the delightful task of attending Brighton Beach Memoirs at New Jewish Theatre.
My voice student Jacob Flekier played the leading role of Eugene, and brilliantly.
This production runs one more weekend (and today as well). Neil Simon fans, and those who love to laugh!, should check out this witty, moving production.