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 Tonight, after lifting weights and climbing the wall on campus, Matt and I went to Utica to see the American premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Love Never Dies. It's a sequel to Phantom of the Opera

https://www.loveneverdies.com/ustour/

Yep, it opened in Utica. Of all places.

There were distinctive highs and lows.

Highs:
  • Fantastic spectacular. Creepy turn-of-the-century carnival vibe -- I love it!  Light and music and dancing!
  • And the carnival theme music was perfect... very evocative of the music played by turn-of-the-century carousels (like the ones in Binghamton). But with lovely strings.
  • The singers were amazing. Christine and the Phantom, of course, had great voices. Everyone cheered.
  • Suprise amazing soloist: the little son. Holy cow that kid could hit some gorgeous high notes. Love it. (Jump to 1:21 in the video embedded below. Amazing!)
  • Rotating stage! Characters dancing inside transparent pillars! The production was intense and amazing.
  • The Phantom suddenly popping in from everywhere and no-where any time he likes -- so characteristic! Love it. 

Lows:
  • The... plot? What happened to the plot? Especially at the end there. Who are these people and what is motivating them again?
  • Matt described the show as fanfiction. 
  • I had to basically pretend that this musical exists in a different canon than the story about a horrible man who randomly kills people by dropping a chandelier on them. (Maybe in the musical it's not clear that anyone dies? I don't see how a opera house chandelier could fall on an audience without dreadful consequences. There is a horror movie version of Phantom that really gets pretty gruesome for this scene.) Unlike Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom is not murderous in Love Never Dies and no one talks about him being a known murderer. Listen, just because a man is a brilliant avant-garde composer, beautiful singer, and has a knack for architecture, that does not excuse random slaughter. Gosh, the novel is even better, where the Phantom has a torture chamber built of mirrors and a heat lamp -- and a noose. And what about the time when the Phantom almost blows up the entire opera house! Can we talk about how he is a mass murderer? Erik is not a nice guy, unless you put some serious scare quotes on there.  "This haunted face holds no horror for me now / It's in your soul that the true distortion lies." But again, this was fanfiction, and apparently the Phantom is not so bad anymore.
  • The title song was beautifully delivered, but it was kind of blah. It's supposed to be a composition by the Phantom, who was awfully avant garde, last I recall. The melody of "Love Never Dies" was hardly comparable to the so-crazy-it-works Don Juan from the original Phantom. (Don Juan -- "Poor young maiden, for the thrill on your tongue of stolen sweets, You will have to pay the price... tangled in the winding sheets!" Please don't tell me I'm the only one who can sing all this from memory.)
Overall-- I liked it! But it can never replace the original Phantom of the Opera in my heart. Great show, with some reservations about the plot.



Three sentences about 2017-09-14

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:00 am
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A sleepy day after the long one yesterday, but I made good progress at work nonetheless. I think that not eating during the day helps a lot; I've noticed that I'm often very tired, and also often somewhat more grouchy and impatient, right after dinner for an hour or two. The school's annual "ice cream social" was tonight, which basically involves Richardson's ice cream, some chocolate and caramel sauce, and lots of running around on the playground. :^) It started to rain partway through, but not for long, and stopped and started fitfully after that. Junie headed out with a friend who lived partway between school and home after one drizzle, though, and she then walked the rest of the way home by herself, because she is Big. :^) Q and I stayed basically until the very end, and had a good time.

Three sentences about 2017-09-13

Sep. 20th, 2017 06:31 am
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Up at 05:30 for some off-hours work; my only other note is that there was frisbee. :^) It was ok; we were playing against an "indie" team, of people who had signed up as individuals, and they were a pretty mixed bag of skill levels, and pretty uncoordinated as a team, which I suppose is how the indie team I played on last fall must have seemed to everyone, but there wasn't an indie team in the spring league, so I'd gotten used to playing against folks who'd been playing together a lot. Anyway, it was ok; we scored the first six or eight points, and then started to slack off somewhat, and offered to mix up the teams and play just for fun, but they wanted to practice playing together, which seems legit. I didn't play very well, but was pretty tired after the early start to the day, so didn't beat myself up about it too much. I stayed up a little too late, but more like midnight than like 02:00, so not disastrously bad on that front.

Three sentences about 2017-09-12

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:53 pm
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Heh, I guess the last time I posted was me saying "I feel reluctant to post things". I didn't mean that to apply to Three Sentences. :^p Time to catch up!

...but I have no recollection of Tuesday, and no notes. Probably there was work! Q had his first day of basketball at ABGC -- I'm never sure what to call this, it doesn't feel like a "class", it's not a "league", there's not a "season", he's not on a "team", he's not "practicing" for anything, who knows; anyway -- and seemed to like it. (I wasn't there, but based on his reports, and Amy's.) Junie's LEGO robotics class (see, that one feels like a class! shrug) is a week shorter, so it starts next week but ends the same week as Q's basketball. That's all I got.

Three sentences about 2017-09-11

Sep. 10th, 2017 10:37 pm
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A very good day at work today, lots of progress on Omni stuff, and some more this evening too. Shopped on the way home, and made tacos for dinner, yum. A bit of kids in the evening, including a difficult part of Hat Full Of Sky (upsettingly cruel bullying), but they kids didn't seem too upset by it, and we had some good conversation about it afterwards, so yay. Now it's gotten late and I gotta sleep.

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