Thursday, November 16, 2006

Porgy & Bess

This was really, really good. I'm not the only one who thinks so: Paul Taylor for the Independent is absolutely gushing about this show. I've never been much of a fan of musicals and this is the first I've seen which hasn't felt a bit childish. The music is, as expected, incredibly good, they've really let the musical influences, jazz in particular, shine through the songs. The acting was first rate. There was genuine emotion to the story; Taylor is right that it really earns the term "electrifying".

I must confess that I haven't seen it as an opera so I can't really comment on how successful the transition has been but it worked so well as a musical something must have gone right.

If you see one show this winter...

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