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When monarchs unite, how happy their state

Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) and Victoria Clark (Gigi) will reunite onstage in a new production of the opera Dido and Aeneas, conducted by their frequent musical collaborator Ted Sperling with Orchestra of St. Luke’s. According to Theatermania, the production will play New York City Center for two nights only, April 28 and 29, 2016. 

Photo: Joan Marcus

  • Baritenor

    Well, I’ll take “headlines I didn’t expect to read today” for 400 Alex.

    Does anyone know what the casting is? Clark as Dido, O’Hara as Belinda? O’Hara as Dido, Clark as Sorceress? A Clearly reluctant Will Chase thrown onstage as Aeneas? What’s the scoop?

    • Porgy Amor

      I would have guessed O’Hara for Belinda, but the NYT’s piece has her as Dido. Also, Deborah Voigt is doing Pirates of Penzance.

    • Howling in Tune

      Well, if Kelli O’Hara is Dido, then I guess Victoria Clark would have to be the Sorceress, and I expect she’ll do a grand job of it.

      With that casting, I guess Kristen Chenoweth is the obvious choice for Belinda. (Personally, though, I’d rather see Kelli as Belinda and Audra McDonald as Dido.)

      Paulo Szot could be a fine Aeneas. Or maybe Brian Stokes Mitchell?

      And Deborah Voigt in Pirates of Penzance?
      Is she singing Mabel or Ruth?

      (That’s not necessarily snark: Gwyneth Jones sang Ruth at the Vienna Volksoper in 2002. And is it so odd to wonder if Debbie, after a career of Strauss and Wagner, can sing lightly enough for a Gilbert & Sullivan ingenue?)

      • armerjacquino

        Not snark at all: there’s no way on god’s earth that Voigt will be singing Mabel.

  • DerLeiermann

    This news have me conflicted.

  • skoc211

    I saw Clark in “The Light and the Piazza” and she was absolutely stunning. The kind of performance you feel honored to have witnessed.

    I’ve never seen O’Hara live. She left “Piazza” the before I saw it and was on vacation when I saw the beautiful revival of The King and I two weeks ago -- but I have always been a fan. Her Tony acceptance speech was the height of charm.

    I am 100% there.

  • Sempre liberal

    Google Victoria Clark Fable -- a superb performance from Piazza.

    Just saw Kelli O’Hara in The King and I. The show is perfect. Every nuance is captured. Jose Llana is better than Ken Watanabe as the King. And he, plus Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang) and Conrad Ricamora are a mini Here Lies Love reunion.

    Bart Sher has directed 3 of the best Broadway musical productions I have ever seen -- all at the Lincoln Center Theater (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, and The King and I), a.k.a. the Kelli O’Hara trilogy.

    The King and I has recently been on TKTS 1/2price booth, so go and see it in the summer doldrums. It still sells out, though.