Tuesday, December 22, 2009

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #8 - La Bohème

SOB's Favorite Shows Of The Noughties: #8 - La Bohème (2002, Broadway Theatre, New York City, NY)

Introduction: Hard as it is to comprehend that we're already 119 months into this "new" millennium, we are fast approaching the end of its first decade. While we have yet to agree on what exactly we should call the '00s, I'll take a cue from the fine folks at The Times of London and the BBC and henceforth refer to them at the Noughties.

With that small introduction, I'm pleased to present my list of plays and musicals that wowed me the most during that time. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of shows I've seen over the last ten years, I give you my countdown of my 25 personal favorite shows of the Noughties.

Credit inventive film director Baz Luhrmann with a spellbinding genius for turning La Bohème, one of the most enduring of operas, into a thoroughly accessible and excellent Broadway theatrical event, thanks in part to its unobstrusive overtitles.

Not since Dorothy landed in Oz have I witnessed as glorious a transformation from black and white to full blown color as I did during this ravishing production. The ingenious designs from Catherine Martin, Angus Strathie and Nigel Levings popped at the very moment when love burst into full bloom.

The magnificent music from Giacomo Puccini and libretto from Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica helped make believers out of those previously unitiated by opera and Rent-heads alike.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

In keeping with the new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations that unfairly discriminate against bloggers, who are now required by law to disclose when they have received anything of value they might write about, please note that I have received nothing of value in exchange for this post. I paid my own way for this performance.

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At 24 December, 2009, Blogger Dale said...

Maybe I saw you there one of the two times I got to see this excellent show Steve? My only sighting was Dina Merrill of all people outside the theatre. Great show. Happy holidays by the way.


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