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In my new I-will-go-to-shows phase I has already been to three shows this year. Three! Manon Lescaut, South Pacific, and last night Passing Strange. I know none of you recommended that one but I was taking Emily’s advice that it’s best to see a show that’s still fresh and whose cast isn’t jaded and cranky.
Passing Strange was definitely that show. I loved it.
Some brilliant music, some fabulous sendups of proper Broadway show tunes and dancing. The acting was wonderful and the writing sharp as. But what I loved most about Passing Strange was that I recognised so many of the characters. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a musical about people so familiar to me. Twas eerie.
What kind of people? Middle class wankers, who want to make art, music, write, save the world. The show mocks them and their politics and loves them. It made me so very happy. And kind of embarrassed. Cause, um, I was just as self-centred and blinkered as a teenager and into my early twenties,1 which is the period covered by this bildungsroman.
There’s something very YA about the show. In the bestest of ways. Go see it.
But don’t go expecting a proper Broadway musical cause it’s nothing of the sort. It’s started life well off Broadway, has no elaborate sets or dance numbers, and it’s definitely not got any show tunes. Go see it anyways.
Next show on my list will be In the Heights cause of your warm recommendations and because I used to live in Washington Heights.
Posted by Justine at 0:00, 14 March 2008 under New York City/USA, Viewing | 4 Comments »
I did not like in the heights.
curious to hear what you think.
we will discuss!
March 14th, 2008 at 1:38 AM
The only musical I’ve ever seen was Annie. And I helped out backstage so I am very jaded when it comes to Annie.
March 14th, 2008 at 12:22 PM
3. Justine Says:
Cecil: I’ll let you know when I see it. Won’t be till May, but.
March 14th, 2008 at 10:09 PM
I haven’t commented on your blog before, but I have been reading for a while and I just wanted to say that I am seeing In the Heights tomorrow night. I’ll let you know what I think!
PS I loved Magic or Madness! I need to read the next two in the series, but I don’t think my library has it and I am broke
March 17th, 2008 at 9:46 PM
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