the Musical was created by
Susan Stroman and John Weidman for the Lincoln Center Theater.
The play, which premiered in September 1999, consists of
three different-but-linked stories told mostly through prerecorded
music and dance. The first, “Swinging,” is set in the French
countryside to the music of the Rodgers & Hart song
“My Heart Stood Still”; the scene is a beautiful woman swinging
on a swing while two men watch her. The second, “Did You
Move,” is set in an Italian restaurant in Queens in the
early 1950s, and tells the story of a woman who is trapped
in a loveless marriage and dreams of becoming a ballerina.
The third, “Contact,” is set in present-day New York and
depicts a successful yet suicidal advertising exec. Note:
The show’s not for kids.
the Musical will be performed at Proctor’s Theatre (432
State St., Schenectady) tonight (Jan. 27) at 8 PM. Tickets
are $29.50, $39.50, and $42.50. For more information about
tonight’s performance, or to order tickets, call 382-1083
or visit www.proctors.org.
not gonna belabor the point, but we find it interesting
that Queensr˙che have chosen to tour their 1988 album Operation:
Mindcrime this year, this inaugural year.
Sure, it was their commercial breakthrough and, as many
contend, their most artistically successful album. It’s
been hailed as a genre-defining work, the very model of
everything a heavy-metal concept album should be. It’s been
praised as a combination of Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd (by
folks who mean that as an unqualified compliment, by the
way), and ranked among the best themed albums ever. And,
has been pointed out in high school parking lots the nation
over, the thing rocks. So, it all makes sense at that level.
But the fact that the theme in question deals with a Reagan-era
mercenary burned out and disgusted by the cynicism and corruption
he sees around him, the greed and the religious zealotry,
who joins an anarchic organization bent on toppling that
system using the ages-old technique of targeted political
assassinations . . . well, we can’t say with certainty where
Queensr˙che vocalist Geoff Tate files his taxes, but we’d
bet the office copy of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot
that the guy’s a blue-stater at heart. Just a guess.
Queensr˙che will perform Operation: Mindcrime at
Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton Park) on Wednesday
(Feb. 2). Tickets for the show are $30. For more information,
you love old-school psychedelia or prog rock, you must have
a favorite Moog moment. (We’ll get to ours in a moment.)
What’s a Moog? Why, it’s a man and a machine. Four decades
ago, the man, Bob Moog, invented the machine, the Moog synthesizer,
and music geeks all over the world rejoiced. The Moog, an
analog synthesizer, is/was a beast to operate, but the oddly
majestic, otherworldly sound it makes is worth the effort—as
in the climax of King Crimson’s goofy 10-minute epic “In
the Court of the Crimson King,” our nominee for the all-time
greatest Moog moment.
Bob Moog has, however, been working in electronic music
ever since, and his body of work is much more than the prog
rocker’s favorite toy. Hans Fjellestad’s documentary, Moog,
explores the man’s life and work. TSL in Hudson is screening
the film this weekend and next, pairing it with electronic
music performances. On Saturday, Boston’s Jessica Rylan
will perform on her own homemade instruments; Thurston Moore
has characterized what she does as “one of the strangest
things I’ve seen in a while.” Next weekend, on Friday, Feb.
4, at 7:30 PM, our own Jason Martin will do what he does.
will be shown at 7:30 PM on Saturday (Jan. 29) at Time &
Space Limited (434 Columbia St., Hudson). Jessica Rylan
also will perform. Tickets are $10 general admission, and
$7 for members. For more information, call 822-8448.