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Some clips on YouTube from the Broadway show Lestat 
21st-May-2006 06:56 pm
Since I doubt at this rate that I'll actually ever see it myself, I was curious.

"Embrace It" - Okay, that was one of the most seriously sucky songs I've heard in a long time...and it looks like Hugh Panaro's magnificent voice is being seriously wasted in this show. At least he's got the "Brat Prince" Lestat's self-absorption, easy charm, and capital-A ATTITUDE down pat. (No surprise there as, from what I've seen, he's a very good stage actor as well.) Jim Stanek's Louis seems wishy-washy...but then, that's Louis, no? (--; Oh, and it just doesn't look homoerotic to me. All I see is some macho (in spite of the fancy clothes) chest-thumping... (--;;;

"I Want More" - Hey, that was actually a halfway decent song! Allison Fischer does a great performance, but Claudia is undoubtedly the most fascinating character in Interview with the Vampire, so it's not surprising that she'd be a high point. That she is the product of author Rice's grief over the untimely death of her daughter of leukemia is no secret, but this song perfectly captures the larger issue at hand (which, I admit, I only vaguely understood when I was reading the novel at 9 years old)--the two men "give birth" to Claudia in order to salvage their "marriage." But what results is of course unnatural and perversely cruel, a woman trapped in the body of a young girl, an object who exists in order to bring pleasure to her "parents" and who is denied autonomy.
22nd-May-2006 11:03 am (UTC) - Lestat
I saw it. Pity me. All I can say is, don't bother. But Allison Fischer was excellent and her big number was quite rousing.
22nd-May-2006 02:49 pm (UTC) - Re: Lestat
*giggles* The music all sounded VERY Elton John. Fluffy pop. (I was reminded of The Lion King.) Somehow, that sound wasn't appropriate for Rice's story, but I don't know what would've been.
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