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Darkest before the dawn

dak_hope_15_hoursThe greatest week in the history of show business begins today in preparation for the Drop of That Album here in the USA, at this writing barely 15 hours away. In support of this release, Renée Fleming is making a whirlwind tour of personal appearances, including a command performance last night before President and Mrs. Obama at historic Ford’s Theater. She shared the boards of the venue where the “Great Emancipator” was assassinated with Kelly Clarkson, George Lopez, Lionel Richie, Dick Van Dyke, and cast members from the Ford’s Theatre production of Little Shop of Horrors.

Undaunted by this lavishly star-studded extravaganza, Our Own proud parterrian Faux Paul devised an hommage, after the jump.

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  • CruzSF says:

    I meant to tell you: at Fanciulla, two women sitting next to me said they LOVED Armida. They specifically mentioned the “beautiful sets” and “amazing singing.” They were both well over the age of 60 — I would guess one of them was closer to 70. After I picked myself off the floor, I realized that somewhere out there lies an audience for Zimmerman’s and RF’s efforts. I’m afraid I was too stunned to ask what they thought of the earlier Sonnambula.

    (Disclosure: I didn’t have strong feelings about RF before Armida, but I felt so taken advantage of by that performance that I’m taking the summer off from her singing.)