"Smash" done well
Narrator realizes that he is never going to impress his egocentric mother.....actual growth as a character.
Have seen on line video clips. This is more sustained than shorter performances.
Insider look at the Broadway creative process, and its world.
Seth Rudetsky is in every Playbill on Broadway. He started out as a rehearsal pianist, but now he lectures on theatre cruises by major cruise ships. The special interest cruises are heavily advertised in every Playbill, the free magazine/ program that is given out in theatres. Here in New York, he has a cabaret theatre/ interview program that gives performances regularly. He is part of the creative team behind real shows. He knows the theatre world inside and out. He has an obsessive interest in/ knowledge off singing and music related to the special world of Musical Comedy which, for a small segment of the population, is an alternate religion. People who watch "Glee" and take it seriously....people who watch "Smash" on tv, people who go to the theatre....this book is for you! Some of the voices who assist him on this audio book are among the biggest stars on Broadway.
We all run out of Jane Austen books after a time. This very nearly ascents to the same heights of genius. The narrator is a gem.
Most of the scenes in which the step-mother tries to maintain her authority over her far-more intelligent and sensitive step-daughter. It's a struggle for mastery. There are also many comic scenes, where the step-mother shows her slavish devotion and worship of local aristocratic characters.
She is a master of different class and locality accents.
My Step-Mother was a B**ch!
Some people may already love Prunella Scales, thanks to her performance in the televised "Lucia and Mapp." Here she outdoes herself.
Yes, because the voice of the reader, Edward Petherbridge, is such a cultivated, elegant British voice.
Only half way thru it, so can't say as yet.
So far, Mrs. Wilcox and Margaret go shopping in London together, and you sense that Mrs. Wilcox is fading into illness and, at the same point, is taking a liking to Margaret as someone who might understand the attachment that she (Mrs. W.) has to her ancestoral home.
Descriptions of the English countryside.
I appreciated Edward Petherbridge's performances in "Nicholas Nickleby" (BBC tv production) and the Lord Peter Whimsey series. It is a pleasure to be able to hear his cultivated voice in this recorded performance. There are so many female parts...spoken dialogue. He captures the nuances of female phrasing very effectively....kind of like those Japanese actors who always play the parts of women in ritual Japanese dramas.
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