So we had our “sitzprobe” yesterday. A sitzprobe is the german word for when we sing through the song in a musical with the orchestra/band for the first time. It sounds AWESOME, you y’all. It’s five person/7 instrument combo. Piano, bassoon, cello, violin, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet. The arrangements are so fierce. Very exciting. Seriously It’s going to sound so great. And it’s so exciting to have that music played and sung so live. No microphones. We start our Q to Q tomorrow and do that for 3 days. Those are always long days.
Saw the opening night of An Inspector Calls tonight. What a great play and a really riveting production. Ben Campbell is so engaging and great to watch. And Graeme Somerville is just a wonderful actor. His voice is so magical. It’s like he’s barely talking but you feel like you are right in the middle of his voice. You hear every word and it seems so effortless.
And now I’m watching Iron Chef and planning my imminent exodus to my bedroom and the comfort of the bed.
Oh – bit of a CD review. The recording of the musical “LoveMusik” – the musical telling of the relationship between Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya starring Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy. It uses all Weill music. Fantastic. I really like it. Interesting performances. And by interesting, I mean evocative. Of a time, of an era, of the emotions between this complicated artists and the world they were working in. If you don’t know Weill’s work, it’s a fun way to hear some of it in an interesting context.