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Bradenton/Sarasota, FLA
posted: 11/3/2003 at 2:49:23 PM ET
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Made it to NYC this weekend for a Gypsy "fix." Bernadette's voice was so strong and luscious, the best I've heard yet (makes it seven times for me). I was hoping for a no-holds-barred performance like that the one UCFGuardgirl wrote so eloquently of a couple of weeks ago. It wasn't that -- I've seen her more into it -- but it can't always be that emotion-draining.

One funny thing in the Saturday matinee: Bernadette started into the "Eggroll" song, and at the right spot, but the orchestra didn't seem to come along. She looked away from Mr. Goldstone and down at Marvin with this big grin on her face for about 10 seconds and was laughing with Goldstone and Herbie for the next several bars. Was Marvin napping? Live theater is so great.

In the evening, at the end of the speech to Louise and Herbie just before she starts into "Everything's Coming Up Roses," Bernadette got a little tickle or something in her throat and had to cough hard a couple of times. I was thinking, "Uh-oh." But it was gone when she started singing, no sign of further trouble.

"Rose's Turn" – stunning once again. It's interesting to see the little variations, small nuances, she adds.

OK, here's my question.
[Note: Don't read the following if you have not seen the show and are planning to see it (or even if you have and are going again). Might spoil the effect.]
In "Rose's Turn," the backdrop, the backstage wall with the word "Silence," rises in the middle of the song to reveal the scaffolding with the lights that will come on with Rose's name everywhere when she starts singing "...everything's coming up Rose." Then, as she's bowing, it goes back down and the "Rose" lights go out from top to bottom in sync with the wall dropping.

For the life of me, I cannot remember seeing that wall go up before this weekend. Has it always done that? I thought the darkened lights were lowered when the set changed from Gypsy's boudoir and just looked like scalffolding until they are lighted, then were extinguished a few at a time at the end.

Was I so focused on Bernadette's performance before that I didn't even notice the backdrop rise before?? In which case -- damn, she's good. But I found it a bit intrusive this time.

(Gotta see it just one more time. That will do me. I swear, Mastercard.)

Oh, yeah. And after the final bows, Bernadette stepped out from the cast, quieted everyone and asked the audience to sit, and gave a little speech asking the audience to donate to Broadway Cares, offering signed CDs, cows, etc. The lamb and Chowsie were brought down the aisle at the matinee.

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posted: 11/3/2003 at 10:23:49 PM ET
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Yeah, the wall apparently always came down. The last time I saw the show I was thinking about that too. I guess when I had seen Bernadette in the role I was just so captivated by her performance that I didn't really pay that much attention to the wall; but when I saw Maureen in the role, I noticed it and wondered the same thing.


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posted: 11/4/2003 at 8:19:07 AM ET
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Thanks, Christine.
Wow, it's so amazing. And a little freaky, that I never noticed it before, either close up or further back.
Bernadette is just THAT riveting...

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