Music in the night and other times

 

Cover of "Phantom of the Opera (Easy Pian...
Cover of Phantom of the Opera (Easy Piano)

 We stayed up much too late last night watching The Phantom of the Opera broadcast from London via our local Public Television Station.  We were hooked early in the four-hour program…much to my surprise. 

I love Opera, and if Andrew Lloyd Webber doesn’t write modern-day opera, I don’t know what is.  Yes, I am a fan. I, who never watch movies anymore, have seen the movie version of Evita with Madonna at least 5 times and love it, so don’t say anything negative about her….OK?.

First edition cover

First edition cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once upon a time in our more frivolous  lives when we were both working and had more income, we tried to see CATS performed at the Kennedy Center, but it sold out for the night we wanted, so David and I hopped on a plane to NYC to see the Broadway version where tickets were available. 

To complement the experience, I bought a copy of The Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, by T. S. Elliot (the inspiration for the musical). Elliot is one of my favorite poets, the other is W. B. Yeats (…plain vanilla radicals for me!!).  

Like many people, we became fans of Andrew Lloyd Webber ages ago. I discovered him in my days as a Church School teacher back in the 1970s, when our kids performed Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.  The tallest kid played Pharaoh and dressed like Elvis Presley in his white suit with rhinestones.  Later they did Jesus Christ Super Star with some success. 

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My grandpa H. used to listen to Opera every Saturday afternoon and I would sit on his lap and listen with him. As one of my friends puts it, “You have been listening to opera since you were knee-high to a grasshopper.”

For years, I bought season tickets to our local opera series. They were pretty pricey however, and when David kept falling asleep in the high-priced seats (center front row balcony) I decided to cancel our subscription.  Too bad.  Now he has decided he likes opera and stayed awake last night to listen to The Phantom of the Opera with me.

On Saturdays in winter, I get my kicks working puzzles and listening to the opera matinée broadcast from the Lincoln Center in NYC.  Otherwise, I never listen to music anymore. 

I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride? ~T S Eliot~

 

8 thoughts on “Music in the night and other times

  1. “Cats” was the musical in L.A. when my dtr and teenage granddtr were visiting years ago, so we caught the Metrolink Train and that was the show we saw with a top notch cast. I must admit it was a different type of musical and certainly had a long popular Broadway run. I’m sometimes out-of-step with the majority when it comes to popular culture preferences. The show was entertaining but I guess we fell into a minority group who all independently concluded the show was a bit over-rated. Then, there was the year of “Lion King.” Perhaps, what I really enjoy are musicals with the plots and characters featuring actual people rather than people portraying animals.

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  2. Screeeeech!

    A.L.W. writes opera? well, you could have knocked me down with one of his tunes so reminiscent of OPERA. You must be able to hear bits of real opera when you listen to his melodies?

    Call them Musicals and I will go away and be quiet.

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  3. Yes, David and I Iove operas as well as Broadway musicals, too. We have subscription tickets to the opera season here in Honolulu. I have seen operas performed in England, Germany, Italy, and New York — all done very well. Strangely, after studying the violin during the 1970s, I no longer listen to instrumental music at home or in my car. Don’t know why. Maybe, it’s because I prefer to read in silence.

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