Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Drama Drop -

*Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Oliver Warbucks will be played by..... Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who was the biggest US donor in 2008.  Mr. Mayor Bloombucks shelled out a cool $235 million in contributions.  Bless his heart!  I wonder where it all went because in other news...

*San Francisco Opera is joining the growing list of companies that are experiencing a little belt tightening... big shock.   Anyway, San Francisco Opera has decided to cut back the scope and variety of it's offerings.

*Is La Scala's loss the Met's gain?  After allegedly being relieved of his role as Don Carlo at La Scala against his will, the Italian tenor Giuseppe Filianoti has come to the Met.  This time, he was the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto.  Mr. Filianoti won many admirers after his 2005 Met debut as Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, but I'm not convinced that Anthony Tommasini is one of them.

*Those who know me, know that I'm a sucker for a good documentary.  Well ... the documentary film "Every Little Step," a backstage look at the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line, will debut in theatres April 17th.   I'm not sure about this one, but it does deserves a little attention simply because I saw the show and would appreciate the chance to see the behind the scenes stories.  For example, A Chorus Line's Tony-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch discusses the history of the musical and how "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three" almost didn't make the cut in 1975.    

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