Dear theatre friends,
Happy holiday weekend! Since I’ve already told you about “Fleabag,” “Jane Eyre,” “Cinderella,””Magic City,” and several others — I don’t know when you might have time for another AND a virtual Easter Parade!
However, Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched “The Show Must Go On,” and you can watch the full “Jesus Christ Superstar” this weekend. Then, there’ll be seven more free musicals, beginning on the following Fridays.
Linda Thorson, a Canadian-born actor now living in London, has had time to write and send some of her poems — I especially liked, “Girls Will Wear My Rings.” Try them!
Air Mail News, a weekly email begun by Grayson Carter, is a joy to read. The latest issue contained a story “Romeo Meets Juliet, With a Happy Ending.”
In it, Tom Kingtondescribes the new love which blossomed between Michele D’Alpaos and Paola Agnelli in Verona (where else?)
They spotted each other while listening to a violin concert given by Paola’s sister at 6pm one night— to raise the spirits of her neighbors, which has been reported going on across Italy.
Through friends and social media, Mr. D’Alpaos tracked down Paola, and soon erected a large banner with her name emblazoned across it. He hired a DJ and put speakers on his balcony playing songs dedicated to her every evening.
“People are making detours on the way to dump their rubbish to come and look at us at 6pm once the word got out.
“Due to quarantine ( because of the plague) Romeo is never told that Juliet’s apparent death is faked, pushing him to commit suicide.
“This romance has been decidedly less traumatic.”
Wishing you all a peaceful, safe and sane weekend of Passover and Easter celebration– or just watching a good show online!
I’d like to continue to write because so many have expressed their enjoyment of reading– but I must have content! Do try to recall a story you’d like me to post.
No matter how bleak the current theatre scene looks– remember, we’re all in this together!
Carol Tambor publishes a monthly newsletter, which announces worthy shows coming to New York, along with occasional information about London theatre and, of course, the Edinburgh Fringe.