I just got back last Saturday after four nights in my favorite city--New York. I'll try to post a report soon, but I wanted to tell you about a show that touched me in a way that Paul's beautiful Jane Eyre did: Death Takes a Holiday. I can't stop thinking about the lush and romantic music and lyrics. It has an excellent cast, gorgeous costumes, and a set design that works quite well on the small stage.
Julian Ovenden is Death and also masquerades as Prince Nikolai on his weekend holiday at an Italian villa. He embraces life with childlike glee at times while never forgetting the power that he holds over the mortals around him. Of course, he falls in love. Ovenden's chemistry and vocalizations with Jill Paice (Grazia) are perfect.
It's a limited run at the Laura Pels Theater and is set to close on September 4th. (There is a discount code at broadwaybox.com.) My fingers and toes are crossed that there will be a cast recording AND that the show will move to another theater. Death Takes a Holiday is a lovely way to spend an evening...Sigh. If you have a romantic bone in your body, you will fall in love with it as I did.
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