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Sep. 23rd, 2007

01:14 am

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Holy shit.

Holy shit.

For her birthday, I offered Caroline seats for Le Roi Lion, the Lion King musical in Paris.

I got us seats on the very first row of the first balcony. For the very first avant-première.

It was tonight. We're only just back.

Holy shit.

Words fail me. It was a wonderful, glorious evening.

The musical means something very special to me -- it's a long story that I shall not recount. I saw it twice before, once in Broadway, once in London. I had never thought, back then, all those years back, that they'd end up setting it up in Paris. I had never thought we'd manage to be there, right there, for the very, very opening, my lover and I.

I have now seen it thrice, and this time, the third time, was possibly the best.

The cast was perfect. I was worried about how they'd find enough talent in the entire damn country to fill all the cast. I shouldn't have. Every last one of them was excellent, credible, intense, full of emotion, full of life.

I was worried about how well the whole play would translate. Well: perfectly. They made the choice of using a very modern and somewhat colloquial kind of French, and it work, it just works, it lives.

The théâtre Mogador has a relatively smaller scene, comparatively to that of the New Amsterdam Theatre where the show began on Broadway, and yet they managed to make it work just plain fine, from beginning to end.

Right from the moment the first elephant appeared on the scene, the audience went wild. This was by far the warmest audience I have seen at the musical; they laughed and they clapped and applauded, and when it was over everybody was up on their feet and clapped even louder and cheered at the top of their lungs, again, and again, and again, and when everybody left the theatre they were still laughing and singing in the streets of Paris.

And no, even the third time seeing it doesn't get old. There's one million little details I had not noticed before. There are small bits of African costumery that I had never paid attention to before, and that, having lived there a small while, I can now name for what they are.

And even without all that, the show is still colorful, intense, lively; they sing, they jump, they dance, they act, everything flows like a bright and vivid dream and my heart is still beating to the rhythm of that music and I want to see it again, damnit.

While they will likely prolong the show as long as it remains popular, for now they're aiming for it to last until early 2008. So get your tickets now, people. You may only have a few months.

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From:grey_wolf_xvii
Date:September 22nd, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
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In b4 rest!

Mister sir Balinares! How the hell do I contact you? It seems there's no trace of email or any other mean of communication with you that works on the internet! (except possibly using my ninja skills to send you PMs on Francefurs).
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From:balinares
Date:September 23rd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
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Well! You just used one of the methods that works best. ;)
Otherwise, and until my primary email is repaired (I've done all I could, but things are out of my control now), you can use the address <my LJ username> at gmail.com. I don't read it daily though. Or ask Kefen for my work email!
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From:janetraeness
Date:September 23rd, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
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Oh, congrats,.. I'm glad it was so good for you.
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From:balinares
Date:September 26th, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
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It was. :) I hope you'll get to see it someday, if you haven't already!
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From:baxil
Date:September 23rd, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
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Awesome! Sounds like it was ... (*hushed voice*) ... an experience. ]B=8)

The sheer life of it comes through in the retelling.
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From:balinares
Date:September 26th, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
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It was, yeah. :) Now to find an excuse to see it again... ;)
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From:balinares
Date:September 26th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I do recall fairly well. :) And hey, my lady and I tentatively started dating the same year as that TLK trip, actually, so it's nothing new! But we only moved in together last year, so that at least is new. :)
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