Posted 14 February 2002 - 04:18 PM
How do you feel about them? And what are some other critically unworthy, even "puerile" works you admit to liking a lot?
Posted 14 February 2002 - 04:59 PM
Posted 14 February 2002 - 05:01 PM
No, for a real guilty pleasure (I think we had a thread with this title, awhile back), I think it has to be something you really know is bad, but you just can't help yourself. It doesn't sound as if any of those three qualify.
I kinda liked "The Merry Widow."
Posted 14 February 2002 - 05:22 PM
When I was a child a cousin of mine would play
Slaughter on the piano and I fell in love with the music. I recall the opening night of the ballet which was at a gala. I couldn't afford the $200 for good tickets so we bought fourth ring tickets for next to nothing (all we could ge by the time we bough them). I wanted to put on my tux but my wife said I would look stupid in the 4th ring in a tux. When we got to the theater we saw some guy trying to buy tickets and when he was able to get better seats he sold his crummy seats. We followed suit trading up as we went along. We eventually ended up in the $100 orchestra seats but only paid the $5.95 base ticket price for them. Someone even offered us tickets to the dinner/dance after but we didn't go as we weren't properly dressed. Then I felt stupid sitting in the orchestra not wearing a tux. I remember we bought one of the tickets from an elderly gentleman who said his wife was ill. He was all dressed up and was wearing diamond studs that each must have been 2 or 3 carats. Amazing that I can recall this 1/3 of a century later. smile.gif
Loved the ballet then, love it still but nobody has come closs to Farrell/Mitchel in it. The closest I recall was Kozlov with LoFosse. I would love to see Maria Kowroski in it. It is perfect for her.
[ February 14, 2002: Message edited by: hal ]
Posted 14 February 2002 - 10:46 PM
Irina Dvorovenko in anything. I feel like Olga Bracely and her secret society of Luciaphils from E.F. Benson's Lucia novels, all breathless to see what La Lucia could possibly do next!
Posted 15 February 2002 - 05:06 PM
Posted 15 February 2002 - 05:35 PM
Although I broach this subject with a bit of trepidation -- I don't want to start a war -- I also put Eifman, or at least his Tchaikovsky and Red Giselle, in the guilty pleasures category. Yes, I find many of his decisions appallingly wrong-headed (who can forget Tchaikovsky waking the "Sleeping Prince" with a kiss on the lips?), but sometimes they're so spectacularly misguided that I'm left in awe. And the fact of the matter is, while I consider Tchaikovsky perhaps the Worst Ballet Ever (well, until Edward II arrived), it is one of the ballets I love to talk about the most, and I long ago bought tickets (full-price orchestra!) for Tchaikovsky at Eifman's run at City Center next month.
[ February 15, 2002: Message edited by: Manhattnik ]
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