Monthly Archives: February 2000

The Bear That Plays Like a Man

Hotshot gangster meets pure-at-heart Salvation Army lass; they kiss, they sing, they fall in love; at the curtain, the gang vows to abandon its evil ways. Guys and Dolls? Yes, but no. Twenty-one years before Frank Loesser’s snazzy musical won the delighted hearts of its first Broadway audience, another item, called Happy End, the fashioning […]

All's Well That Ends Well

photo by Fredrik Nilsen Daniel Marlos HOTSHOT GANGSTER MEETS PURE-AT-HEART SALVATION Army lass; they kiss, they sing, they fall in love; at the curtain, the gang vows to abandon its evil ways. Guys and Dolls? Yes, but no. Twenty-one years before Frank Loesser’s snazzy musical won the delighted hearts of its first Broadway audience, another […]

Heavenly Length

I left the Paris Opera on a damp November night in 1983, bored out of my gourd. I made it to the last Metro with only seconds to spare, determined to spend the rest of my time on Earth avoiding any further contact with Olivier Messiaen‘s Saint Francois d’Assise, whose world premiere I had just […]

Vintage Volts, Future Sound

Down in the depths of Lower Manhattan there stands the Knitting Factory, a dilapidated four-story walkup where Avon Products once stored its lipsticks and bubble baths, and, since 1987, a shrine where aficionados of multimedia now keep tabs on the arts of tomorrow and the day after. Affectionately and accurately thought of as ”the backstage […]

Forgive and Forget

THERE’S SOMETHING TO BE SAID — although I’m not sure exactly what — for the process of confronting the spirits of eminent dead composers with the less-than-eminent works that they themselves disowned or at least surpassed. Some will argue that latter-day stagings (whatever the cost) of Verdi’s early versions of, say, Macbeth or Don Carlos […]