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Anna Nicole Smith The Opera

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Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#1
Posted: 4/4/08 at 9:35pm
I kid you not

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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#2
Posted: 4/4/08 at 9:44pm
That's just disturbing.
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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#2
Posted: 4/4/08 at 9:51pm
That really is disturbing.
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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#3
Posted: 4/4/08 at 9:54pm
Mark-Anthony Turnage is composing the score for the new work, which will be staged at the Royal Opera House featuring a 90-piece orchestra.

90?! For real? Is that an instrument per one of her lovers?
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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#4
Posted: 4/4/08 at 10:04pm
god help us all



I mean, Jerry Springer was plausible and apearantly successful, but this? I just can't see it.
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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#5
Posted: 4/4/08 at 10:47pm
No, blaxx, in order for that, we'd have to square that number.

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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#6
Posted: 4/4/08 at 10:56pm
I have a feeling that we'll all be saying that this show is gonna suck and then we'll all be surprised.

If not, let the pecking begin!
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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#7
Posted: 4/4/08 at 11:04pm
Jerry Springer was a smart, and incredibly well-crafted musical. I'm looking forward to this next one.
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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#8
Posted: 4/4/08 at 11:27pm
It's certainly ripe for operatic treatment, as was Jerry Springer. The story highlights passions, personalities, and situations that are so outsized as to demand an art form that can match any over-the-top situation yet devised by human imagining.

(Re "outsized": someone take the bait, please.)

What's odd is that Richard Thomas, who wrote the music for Jerry Springer: The Opera, is apparently only writing the libretto for ANC: The Opera. I thought the music was JS's strong suit, with the libretto (by Stewart Lee and Thomas) being very clever but not as clever (or as profound) as it wanted to be. With a new composer, will ANC repeat that pattern, or will it reduce its strengths from one to none?
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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#9
Posted: 4/4/08 at 11:27pm
jsto was brilliant.

clearly, thomas has a knack for tapping into the tragically operatic (or is it the operatically tragic) in the american zeitgeist. let's hope his sophomore effort lives up to the high hopes those familiar with his work no doubt will hold!
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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#10
Posted: 4/4/08 at 11:33pm
Re Richard Thomas and American pop culture: any word on how his Britney Spears ballet is coming along? (See artcle here: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/01/jerry_springer_the_opera_compo.html)

Or maybe he's just having us on, pulling the US's collective chain with press releases and party comments, and is actually working on a song cycle for tenor and string quartet, based on the works of Rimbaud.
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re: Anna Nicole Smith The Opera#11
Posted: 4/4/08 at 11:48pm
it had a one-night workshop in london in february, i believe. i suspect it's not going anywhere ... kind of like its subject's career.
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