Monday, May 11, 2009

Charming show

Yesterday, to celebrate Mother's Day plus certain household members' birthdays, a close fambly group of us went to see Coraline at the Lucille Lortel Theater - this being the stage musical version, with songs by Magnetic Fields / 69 Love Songs genius (if I may say so) Stephin Merritt, rather than the movie that I have thus far avoided (based on my perhaps unjustly suspecting it of being Disneyesquely cloying). The show was delightful and the music extremely inventive, one person being enough orchestra here to outdo the typical Broadway theater pit.

UPDATE: A few days later, as part of an end-of-year school event, we saw the Broadway adaptation of Schiller's Mary Stuart. Very different genre. The acting was good, but MY GOD what a flurry of over-long bombast.

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