||[Jul. 11th, 2004|11:19 pm]
Tony Kushner Fans
I realise that this hasn't been posted in since May, but perhaps some of you still read it...|
So, this is a perfect community, and thank you to whoever created it. There really are no words to describe the true genius that is Tony Kushner. No piece of writing has ever spoken to me in the way that Angels in America has, and since I read the play/saw the HBO film I have been completely enamored by the man and his work. Haven't seen the play before, but one day I will.
I recently took a trip to NYC and of course I couldn't miss out on the Bethesda fountain and just Central Park in general. It was my favourite part of the entire trip and I can't wait to go back. I've never felt so inspired in my life. I took tons of pictures which I posted to angelsinamerica it you're interested.
Alright I'm babbling, but there is a point to this post. While in NYC, I saw Caroline, or Change. Those of you that have seen it, what did you all think? It didn't quite have the effect on me that Angels did, but naturally I enjoyed it very much. I love the subject matter and symbolism that he uses in his plays and Caroline was no exception. I would see it again in a heartbeat. I also saw The Boy from Oz (haha) and it just didn't even come close to comparing. I guess that's just my tastes though.
Also, if any of you read this and want to add me to your friends list, that would make me happy. :)
I'm Kate, by the way.
Hey there, I'm Michelle. I saw your pictures of the Bethesda fountain on the Angels community, I believe. It's a gorgeous spot and I've always loved it. Where are you from, by the way?
As for Caroline, I thought the second act was PHENOMONAL, but the first act was rather mediocre. The first act had its moments of wonderfulness and beauty, but there were also times when I groaned and said "Oh, Tony, why?" But I adored the second act. And when you consider that it was his first time writing a musical, and his second time writing lyrics EVER (he collaborated with a klezmer band on a really great song a few years back), it's an incredible accomplishment. I'm going to see "Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall be Unhappy" on August 2nd and there's a Q&A session with him afterward and I am excited beyond words.
And Boy From Oz is remarkably mediocre but I thought the performances were all pretty outstanding. Especially Isabel Keating, who played Judy Garland.
Done rambling. You're more than welcome to IM me at BrightEyedPoem. : )
Hey Michelle, thanks for replying.
I really do love that fountain, I wish I lived in NYC so I could visit it every day. I'm from Toronto. I assume you live in New York?
I agree with you, the second act was better, but I thought the whole thing in general was pretty amazing. And you're right, it was fantastic for someone with such little musical experience. Which klezmer band was it that he wrote the song with? I'd like to hear it.
I am unbelievably jealous of you! I would give anything to meet him/hear him speak. Few people's words have done to me what his have.
I thought Hugh Jackman did a really great job, and I think he deserved the tony. He played the part very well. Judy Garland was good too, Isabel Keating was bang on.
I don't use AIM that much, but next time I sign on I will IM you for sure. =]