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Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in new articles, Reviews | 0 comments

Anna, Anna, Anna, Anna, Anna Nicooooollle!: A Review of City Opera’s Production

Anna, Anna, Anna, Anna, Anna Nicooooollle!: A Review of City Opera’s Production

by Melissa Wimbish

Unlike the lady herself, it’s been awhile since Anna Nicole, the opera, has been in the news. Frankly, I’m surprised that we are just now seeing the American premiere! Check out the Operagasm Review Rundown of NYCO’s latest:

My breasts are fake, but they’re still spectacular: “Garish and girlish, tawdry and touching, the ill-fated bombshell Anna Nicole Smith always got our attention — just like the new opera based on her life and death. The in-your-face “Anna Nicole” made its American premiere Tuesday night at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Gilman Opera House in a swift-moving evening of soaring arias and heaving (fake) bosoms.”

So many great cameos: “That do-or-die reality — along with Smith’s crazy life story — packed the house with stars including ‘Star Trek’ captain Patrick Stewart, ‘The Lion King’ queen Julie Taymor and songwriter Rufus Wainwright.”

Are we surprised?: “All eyes and and ears were on Manhattan soprano Sarah Joy Miller, who never left the stage as she brought the sad and sultry Smith to life with winning relish, gusto and a touch of Texas barbecue sauce.”
Not just a spectacle!:“…Composer Mark-Anthony Turnage’s music is rich and lovely. Swirling strings recall old Hollywood films. Bluesy chords come on cue to underscore Smith’s early struggles. Vibrant choruses toll with a touch of Broadway and Stephen Sondheim.”Read the full review here!

Cover photo credit: STEPHANIE BERGER PHOTOGRAPHY (Sarah Joy Miller with Robert Brubaker, who plays tycoon hubby J. Howard Marshall III)

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