You-review-it Tuesday

January 3, 2012
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Yes, it was another long weekend. And in addition to the New Year's music and comedy options, there were also films and a handful of theater offerings.

While I hibernated for New Year's Eve, I did make it out to see  "Debbie Does Dallas" at Theatre on the Square (more on that later).

What about you? What did you hear, see or otherwise experience this weekend?

Your thoughts?

  • Film Music
    I did not get to any live concerts this weekend, which is unusual. I did see Spielbergs War Horse, which has a most interesting score by John Williams. The music features the expected big orchestral sequences, and this really did add to the beauty of early parts of the film. The music does not interfere with the horror of WWI in the trenches, and I am tempted to see it again to listen carefully to see what the soundtrack does during those moments. I remembering whispering to my wife about a brief melody that sounded for all the world like something Aaron Copland would have written, but it was just a brief moment. The rest of the score really did a nice job of capturing early twentieth century English style, and was very much in tune with Elgar, Holst and especially Vaughan Williams. Good film and good music.
  • La Cage Aux Folles
    We took advantage of a last-minute discount from Broadway Across Chicago and made a day trip to Chicago to see La Cage Aux Folles before it moved on to its next destination.

    I am not a big fan of George Hamilton to begin with and his performance in La Cage was not very convincing. The real gem of the show was Chris Sieber. Sieber's emotional rendering of the "I am what I am" at the end of Act I was raw and moving.

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