I'm a pretty laid-back person.
Try telling that to your kids.
No really! I'm so laid-back I sometimes have to remind myself to breathe. Listlessly.
You got me there.
So I'm about to exert myself here and suggest -- nay, INSIST! --
that you treat yourself to a theater experience this weekend. Saturday. Saturday morning. THIS Saturday, not NEXT Saturday. I cannot stress this enough! THIS Saturday morning.
SO laid-back. Lighten up, Francis -- what's so special about THIS Saturday?
I'll tell you. You wanna know?
I wanna know.
Sure you can handle it?
Look, I'm losing interest here.
Oh, like we can't get that at the theater any time.
Okay, EYE AND EAR CANDY.
Ewwwwwwww. Ear candy just sounds sticky.
Okay, smartypants, I'll show you.
It's this guy.
(Photo stolen from this site)
Huh? Huh? Did I tell ya? I mean, WOO-HOO, right?
Okay, I'll give you that, but . . . EAR candy? What's with that?
I'm getting to that. Wait, I gotta find it . . . okay, HERE.
I am so sure. Opera? You want me to listen to OPERA?
C'mon, it'll be good for you. And besides, did you SEE that guy? Singing to you?
I'll say it again --
which is bested only by having a man -- THAT man, tenor Juan Diego Flórez -- sing to you in Italian, maybe . . . wearing silk . . . crap, where was I? oh yeah -- you HAVE to go to your local theater Saturday morning to see the live New York Metropolitan Opera performance of La Fille Du Regiment (The Daughter of the Regiment). It will be simulcast live, just as the opera is on Saturdays over the radio -- only this is video. But back to Mr. Wonderful. In his most famous aria "Ah! Mes Amis" Flórez hits nine high C's, which is one of the things which cemented Luciano Pavarotti's place in operatic history --
That and his shoe-black hair.
-- and the audience goes WILD every time. You can feel the electricity, and you just KNOW they're gonna give him a thunderous standing O when he's done. And they will, I promise. I could also entice you by saying that this is a fun and light-hearted, funny opera (no linebacker women in horned helmets here).
Natalie Dessay is delightful and cute as a bug's ear and will be thrilling (because she's frightfully up to the challenge of Donizetti's vocal acrobatics), and the sets, and the LIVE EDITING people -- LIVE EDITING! Tons of cameras and microphones that you can't see, LIVE! It's like the Oscars, only with SUBSTANCE and CLASS! and the music, and the costumes, and Donizetti . . .
You lost me there, chief.
Yeah, I know. Okay, so I'll just lean on this --
I mean, Jeebus, how much more do I need to say?
If you want to see Monday night's history-making performance by Mr. Hubba-Hubba above (that's Juan Diego Flórez) of “Ah! Mes Amis” -- go here or listen to it here. Or, type his name into Youtube.com, like I did, and sit back and cry like a baby, like I did.
Make sure they know that's Wimpy Laurie, and not Mean Laurie, doing all that crying.