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  • theatre and Concerrts

    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking


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Psst! There is a “speakeasy” on Fifth

Complete with  with bright young flappers and the imbibing of alcohol, the Museum of the City of New York, has turned its forecourt into a “speakeasy” for the last few Wednesday evenings. A stroke of genius. Alas the series ends next Wednesday. Couples, dressed for the part, danced to 1920’s music all night with complete abandon–with perfect coordination, they did their super-fancy footwork with such ease and joy of movement that all those who had never learned to dance or had lost their flexibility, died with envy.

These still pictures couldn’t do the dancing  justice. I did take a clip or two with my little Handicam and if I find a way to post it here , I will.

We joined up with a couple of interesting New Yorkers, Jan and Cathy, and they kindly drove us home  afterwards. 

Preparing for the start

Filling up

The band sets up

The Singer

The Saxophoniist

1920's Style

Dancer supreme

Serious concentration

Ethel was there

Partners for the dance

Envious, maybe, but, by no means, out of the game

Confident performer

A critical eye or two

The dance went on into the night

The only concession I could make to the proceedings was my old cap worn at a rakish angle


4 Responses

  1. How fun!! Lovely pics, Ben!

  2. Bonnie. You both would have loved it. The interacting crowd spontaneously enjoyed the feeling of kinship, and nostalgia for a time when life was very much simpler. Many friendships were struck that evening.

  3. Beautiful photos. You and Ethel fit right in!

  4. Valerie. Ethel and I did. in fact, do a little surreptitious shuffle in the late evening–In the dark and at the back so that no one could really see our footwork. Ethel’s wounded foot stood up to it very well.

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