Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Getting Loose with Gilbert and Sullivan

Hosting part of my extended family today.

After walking from the upper end of Central Park to the bottom, we ended up at Carnegie Hall for The Collegiate Chorale's stellar un-costumed performance of The Mikado starring Kelli O'Hara (from Broadway's South Pacific) as Yum Yum (and my mother-in-law in the chorus).

I am now head over heels in love with this musical in which tight-place scenarios are constructed then lampooned (flirting is punishable by beheading, for ex).  Is this what I'm supposed to be doing with my real life tight-place scenarios?

What I noticed in the performance tonight is that Gilbert and Sullivan deliver the most delicious harmonies ever.  And the soloists and The Chorale more than did them justice.  If truth be told, I prefer what I saw tonight to anything I can pull up on YouTube, including what's below:  the finale from Mike Leigh's movie of Gilbert and Sullivan's rather fraught working relationship, Topsy Turvy.

I highly recommend this film.  Watch a little here!

1 comment:

  1. that movie slays me. learned to love g & s from it. lots of interesting tight places & corsets.