Bernarda Alba

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Bernarda Alba#1
Posted: 3/31/14 at 10:33pm
So I am listening to the cast album right now, and like all LaChiusa music, it is incredible and wonderful and super weird. I can't find much info on this show, but did anybody see it at LCT in 2006? Thoughts?
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Bernarda Alba#2
Posted: 3/31/14 at 10:46pm
I did not see that production but have seen 2 productions of it, and I really like the show a lot! Almost all the songs from the Off Broadway production are on that video site.... Easy to search.

Kimberly Senior directed a riveting production a few years ago that was absolutely beautiful. My one issue with the musical is the songs given to Bernarda that almost makes the audience empathize with her. I think it would have been smarter if she didn't sing until the final number, IMHO.
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Bernarda Alba#2
Posted: 3/31/14 at 10:48pm
Bleak, but not without power. Performances were good. The score offered little either to entice or recommend.

Updated On: 3/31/14 at 10:48 PM
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Bernarda Alba#3
Posted: 3/31/14 at 11:13pm
I saw this on a whim during its run. I remember enjoying it to an extent, but I honestly can't remember much about it other than a few nice songs, the darkness of the production itself (the costumes, lighting, setting, etc...), and Phylicia Rashad sitting in the middle of the stage like an odd, omnipresent figure.

File it under the good but forgettable pile (does that exist?)

-There's the muddle in the middle. There's the puddle where the poodle did the piddle."
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Bernarda Alba#4
Posted: 3/31/14 at 11:14pm
I saw the Lincoln Center production in 2006, and thinking about it still gives me chills. It was my first LaChiusa musical (that I saw live), and it was an amazing introduction to his work. Wonderful performances by all, including Phylicia Rashad and a young Nikki M. James.
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Bernarda Alba#5
Posted: 3/31/14 at 11:36pm
Nikki M James really stood out as Adela. And Candy Buckley was great as La Poncia. It was a flawed show, but not without some merit.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
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Bernarda Alba#6
Posted: 4/1/14 at 3:43am
I love the cast album though it wouldn't make my top LaChiusa scores... And yeah, the video on that site is intriguing.

(And wow, a somewhat sorta kinda slightly positive opinion from A8? Although he hated the score, and it's pretty much all score, so...)

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