batyatoon: (watchin' my stories)
batyatoon ([personal profile] batyatoon) wrote2013-01-24 10:01 pm

to reeeeeach the unreachable staaaaaar

So I just listened to the entirety of the Man of La Mancha soundtrack -- the 1965 original Broadway cast recording -- while assembling components of tomorrow night's dinner. (Not done yet! Still have to assemble dessert.)

It matters that it's this particular recording; my parents owned it on vinyl and it will always be the definitive version in my head. And it has been forever since I listened to this and every phrase, every pause, every vocal inflection is still familiar and dear. I don't think I will ever not love this musical to tiny bits.

(And yeah, I still can't decide which part I covet most: Aldonza or Sancho.)

And meanwhile, for the first time I found myself having Thoughts about this play through feminist lenses, and I am pretty sure I am not done having them. Hmmm.

[also [personal profile] adiva_calandia I have to talk to you sometime about the notion of Don Quixote as a breeches role because what.]
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[personal profile] rymenhild 2013-01-25 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
Will I be drummed out of the room if I admit I never understood the 1965 recording, and I didn't fall in love with the musical until I saw Brian Stokes Mitchell play Quixote/Cervantes? (He was brilliant. He was magnificent. He just shone.) I can only listen to the Mitchell soundtrack, I'm afraid.
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[personal profile] filkerdave 2013-01-25 08:08 pm (UTC)(link)
You and I share the same recording! That's the one with the Hirschfeld picture, right?

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[personal profile] filkerdave 2013-01-25 08:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Yep, that one. Only one Nina.