Fuck this. If there isn't a theatre board I guess /tv/ is the best place for this. Let's see how this goes.
Let's talk about stage! Are there more than 3 people in the entire board interested?
Nice. I'm going to see La Boheme at The Met later this month. Haven't been there in awhile. Not since Der Ring des Nibelungen was performed on The Machine there. Saw the whole cycle. Probably the best experience I ever had at the opera, short of getting flown out to La Scala one year as a surprise birthday present.
I've just recently started getting more into opera. Saw the full Ring recording conducted by Boulez one day before the guy passed away. A real shame. I've been to theatre but never to an opera production.
Have you seen La boheme before?
Never live. Have a cast recording and saw a simulcast, but that's about it. It's a whole different ballgame when you're there live. Like watching a sporting event on TV as opposed to being in the arena. I used to love musicals and such, but lately it just seemed like there's nothing really great out there. Any suggestions on something that might have slipped under my radar?
I see a lot of plays. I get Portland Center Stage seaon tickets and I see other shows around the city. I love to act and I've done a lot of longform improv.
I recently saw a production of "Our Town" that floored me. I had only heard of the play in passing but I understand why it's a classic. If you haven't read it, I suggest looking it up.
>Any suggestions on something that might have slipped under my radar?
Well whenever I have to reccomend a musical I usually say something Sondheim, but that's pretty basic and I suppose you've seen most of it if you were into musicals.
There's also the original Phantom of the Opera by Ken Hill, which inspired the more successful Lloyd Webber one. It doesn't have an original score, instead using tracks from famous operas (The Phantom's first big song in the duet from Bizet's Pearl Fishers). Unfortunately there aren't any video recordings I know of, and you'd be lucky to ever see it live, but there's a cast recording.
I tried to get the most recognizeable shows. I'd agree with Les Mis and Phantom but
Todd is fucking GOAT.
>Todd is fucking GOAT.
agreed, I actually like the music in that one too. And I kind of like les mis music also. Webber is a hack though :) My miniscule theatre knowledge affords me the justification to make that claim.
also my mom took me to see Phantom when i was like 7 or 8 years old. I was pretty into it at the time, wonder where she got the idea. But yeah it was pretty cool. Now I think the melodies are considered cheesy or whatever? I listen to the Sweeney one every now and then, it's good.
If you guys like opera you HAVE TO SEE Le Grand Macabre
It's entirely atonal, but if you're open to it, Ligeti will take you to a different planet! I don't know if there's a torrent to the production I linked but you should look into it. I found a copy at my local library.
>Todd is GOAT
>Webber is a hack though
I have to say I'm impressed with your taste. Patrician stuff. I like you already anon.
Les Mis gets better when you read the book and find out every single minor character with one line has 100 pages describing their lives, the lives of their families and friends.
The problem I have with Phantom is that it has like 4 melodies that are repeated for 2 and a half hours.
images look pretty cool on gooble
how do i get into opera? i like classical music, but opera singing turns me off? Do i have to aquire the taste for the sound? I like some of the instrumental parts of opera.
wtf is this degenerate trash
>i like classical music, but opera singing turns me off?
I used to dislike it too. I listened to it for a while and now I love it. Started liking it because of this:
Watching it with subtitles is key so you can place what's going on emotionally. Keep in mind that many operas are more interested in writing music that expresses a story instead of making cut-and-dry songs.
dude if you like provocation opera check out Romeo Castellucci. He does theatre, performance art and installation on top of opera so stuff is pretty rare to find, but they're all nuts
This is his idea of Parsifal:
I don't mind Phantom and some other shows but Sondheim = high art and Webber = long form pop music, basically.
>people on 4chan talking about theater
>I have to say I'm impressed with your taste. Patrician stuff. I like you already anon.
thanks m8. My stepdad is musically knowledgeable, he gave me the sweeney cd after I told him i liked the Johnny Depp one. Wow the stage actors are so talented. I really liked most of the songs almost immediately, esp that Johanna theme.
Someone make a threat on /qa/ now. This actually doesn't seem like such a bad idea. If fucking Pokemon and My Little Pony can have their own board, if there can be a board for sports /sp/ doesn't like, we sure as hell could have /art/.
>Bizet's Pearl Fishers
I was just listening to songs from this! WQXR had the stars in from the latest Met Opera production:
This Au Fond Du Temple Saint is simply amazing:
i'm listening to it right now. Kinda getting into it, but i would potentially start laughing when they get to this part
yeah probably if i actually watched it as a story and focused it would be cool.
this seems like a open minded thread, did you ever see a ballet? I got free tickets because my friend's gf had them but he didn't want to go, so I went with her. It was the best thing I've ever seen. I saw this:
I never saw anyone on /tv/ talk about this when it was touring, and now it's not really relevant anymore. How was it, was there Huey Lewis and business cards?
The only ballet I've ever seen was a recording of one based on the hunchback of notre-dame, 'cause i's my favorite book. I loved it, but never have checked any others out. Gonna watch the one you posted.
>I used to love musicals and such, but lately it just seemed like there's nothing really great out there. Any suggestions on something that might have slipped under my radar?
what was the last modern musical you like? I'll try and recommend more recent ones.
I am really going to date myself here, but Spamalot. Yeah, it's been that long. Don't let that be your sole influence, though. I am open to pretty much anything, so long as it's quality and good.
oh then have you heard Something Rotten? it's basically Spamalot 2.0: Shakespeare Edition. super funny and jovial.
on top of that I would say Fun Home is the most interesting and most devastatingly human musical since Sunday in the Park With George, so definitely give that a listen. It should've won the Pulitzer.
Why was the Sweeney movie so shit?
>even Sondheim loved it
He never said anything like that. He said it was "faithful"or something. And I'm sure he said whatever he did only for publicity.
I liked Into the Woods much better.
Saw the 2012 London revival in a tiny basement and it was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Went back to that same theatre to see Assassins and it was heaven.
I think he said it was the best adaptation and that it "worked", which is the best endorsement you can get from him. Into The Woods he threw shade on in a recent interview but in the most vague way.
I loved it too but it has its problems. I have an Anna Kendrick bias though...
I've just watched the original production of Todd with Carious here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISp5sjaSnl0
and I'm converting it to audio so I can listen to it on my phone. I don't even care about the noise in the background, Cariou's performance is way better than on the recording, and the recording cut a lot of the dialogue the songs had in them, so fuck that.
That and the Der Glöckner von Notre-Dame. "Esmeralda" is the most ebin act I finale I've ever heard.
I love the minimalist orchestra too, but I'm not a big fan of either LuPone or Cerveris in the roles. Cerveris sounds like he's trying too hard to sund booming and powerful and LuPone doesn't feel "vague-headed" like most Lovetts, she feels genuinely evil and she quite honestly annoys me with that.
The rest of the cast is GOAT though. I especially like the Kiss Me quartet.