Monday, October 27, 2014

A Time for Singing - At This Performance - Astana Opera Symphony Orchestra - The World Series

Monday==>Good morning everyone out there in the morass known as cyberspace. I am happy to report that yesterday was yet another excellent entertainment doubleheader for your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World.

Both events were totally enjoyable and typified why Billi Pod LOVES living in New York City ... so ... we will get started with ...

First, Billi Pod’s report card on the Musical’s In Mufti production of ...

A TIME FOR SINGING, based on Richard Llewellyn's classic novel, ‘How Green Was My Valley,’ the musical examines the lives and loves of the citizens of a South Wales mining town. A tapestry of choral riches and operatic grandeur==>A

Well, Jim Morgan and his excellent staff pulled off another terrific production of this virtually forgotten musical about the conflict between mineworkers and the owners, set in Wales.

The cast is excellent, of course, headed by Analisa Leaming as Angharad, Glenn Seven Allen as Mr. Griffith and Preston Truman Boyd as Ivor.

I was also very impressed by the stage presence and voice of young Dylan Boyd as Young Huw.

The story line is a bit predictable but that is overcome by the beautiful music and lyrics by John Morris.

Billi Pod says==>see this if you possibly can. 

It is part of the Musical’s In Mufti Series, is playing at The York Theatre @ The Citigroup Center on East 54th Street, has a running time of 2:15, with intermission, and runs through November 2nd.

When the show was over I rushed back to the apartment for my usual fruit and cheese plate and then it was time for my second entertainment event ...

The Off Broadway concert ...

AT THIS PERFORMANCE, in this Musicals Tonight production Broadway understudies and standbys from ALADDIN, BIG FISH, CABARET, LES MISERABLES, NEWSIES, CINDERELLA, and VIOLET performed a song from their show and then later a song from their own repertoire==>A

What an enjoyable evening. The 11 performers, all either understudies or standbys, were uniformly excellent.

IMHO the highlight of the evening was the performance by Nathaniel Hackman, currently understudy for the roles of Javert and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

He first sang “Stars,” sung by Javert in Les Miserables and later “Soliloquy” from the musical Carousel, sung by Billy Bigelow when he learns he is about to become a father. He received a roaring ovation after each song.

The show clocked in at about 1:45, without intermission but the time flew by and your favorite blogger left the theater with a big smile on his face.

Unfortunately, that smile soon disappeared when he turned on his 42” flat screen TV to discover that The Giants, behind a remarkable performance from their ace Madison Bumgarner, were on their way to a 5-0 shutout victory over The Royals.

Bumgarner pitched a complete game and was virtually untouchable.

The Giants now lead The Series 3-2. Today is a travel day and Game Six will be on Tuesday in Kansas City. 

OK ... moving on to today ... 

Billi Pod’s entertainment event is a classical music concert at Carnegie Hall ...

8:00==>ASTANA OPERA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Carnegie Hall - “Voice of Asia” - The program is: 

“Masterpieces of World classical music, including Rossini, Verdi, Bernstein, Offenbach, Borodin and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, in addition to Kazakh traditional music.”
(complimentary ticket)

Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it?

OK, my loyal and faithful readers and followers, it is now time to post this and then begin working on my errands and chores list.

At the top of the list is getting the new iPhone6 ... so ... stay tuned.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.52 miles (or, 7,709 steps)

Total mileage for the week==>29.43 miles (average 4.20 miles per day)

Total mileage for 2014==>1,224.54 miles (average 4.10 miles per day)


Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

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