This Week in Modern Fabulousity - March 19, 2006
DANCE: Inspired by the poets Verlaine and Rimbaud, Without is Moving Theater's latest premiere, performed by an ensemble of dancers, actors and musicians and set to music by Claude Debussy, Pierre Boulez and Patti Smith. "In 19th-century France, two young poets abandoned ordinary life and set out on a journey to make themselves visionaries. Along the way, they reinvented poetry and love...and came dangerously close to annihilating each other." VERY hot. VERY pretentious. In the new DNA Space in Tribeca.
BROADWAY: It's Tony Award season! Four (count 'em, FOUR) big contenders begin previews this week, giving audiences a first glimpse into who's got the goods and who doesn't. Based on reputation, rumor and conjecture, ModFab is pretty sure that Festen (March 23rd) is the real McCoy, while Elton John's Lestat (March 25th) is in deep trouble. The verdict is still out on Lincoln Center's Awake and Sing! and Roundabout's starry Threepenny Opera, both of which start previews on March 24th.
MUSIC: We've been underwhelmed by the first two singles off of 3121, the latest pop-funk disc by Prince. But we have learned time and time again to never judge the Purple One too early, despite the wimpy balladry of "Te Amo Corazon" and the limp jangles of "Black Sweat".
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