Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Week in Entertainment

Live: Allegiance, finally! I posted my saga of the abortive trip of three weeks ago. This time, despite the bitter, bitter cold and wind, we got there. I loved the show. Good songs, though I doubt any will become standards; excellent cast, especially Lea Salonga; and a very good book that covers the internal conflict over how to react very well indeed for a 2-hour musical. If it comes touring where you are, you could do much, much worse than see it.

 DVD:  Manon Lescaut with Kaufmann and Opolais, which I got for Christmas but was saving till I got to see him sing it at the Met. Since he's ill and has withdrawn, I watched it now. Wonderful!

TV: A series on TCM's 31 Days of Oscar - The Philadelphia Story, Born Yesterday, Sabrina, "a little love story set in wartime, who knows, maybe you'll like it" Casablanca, Now Voyager (they were linking them by stars, Hepburn-Holden-Bogart-Henreid for that set).

Read: Distant Pleasures, a book about Pushkin's exile-period poetry. Stars Above, a collection of short stories that link into the Lunar Chronicles; Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor; Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination, about the people associated with Ford's Theater (actors, stagehands, etc) who were there that night.



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