Sleeping Beauty-Matthew Bourne

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Matthew Bourne’s “Sleeping Beauty” is a visual masterpiece that extends gothic undertones into the well-designed set, lighting, costumes, overall staging and dancing itself.

Bourne’s creative ingenuity is highlighted through the utilization of Tchaikovsky’s classic music with a newer energy that is bewitching.

I like some of the contemporary twists and the passage of time that moves the story along with touches of comedy. For example, this production swaps out pointe work and classic ballet phrases for vampires and inclusion of different dance styles per act.

Special moments to look out for are the use of puppetry to portray the younger Aurora and the staging with the conveyor belt type movement effect.

This production gives you flashes of an enchanting realm beyond that might leave you shivering with delicious horror or give you lovely pieces of dreams.

Go see the production of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Ahmanson Theatre that closes Dec. 1 and experience it yourself.

Click here to buy tickets.

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Friday Film: “Oklahoma!” Beautiful Mornings

One of my favorite musicals is the filmed 1998 version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” starring Hugh Jackman as Curly. The musical opens with Jackman richly signing the song “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’!”

“Oklahoma!” launched the collaboration between the composing and writing team Rodgers and Hammerstein and celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. beautifulmornings2

I like how the musical opens with a song about finding beautiful positivity in the morning and later explores the message of tolerance.

How do you start the day with beauty? Happy Friday!

The taped 1998 version starring Jackman can be enjoyed in high definition this Friday, November 15 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Please check local listings.  If you miss it on PBS then watch it on YouTube by clicking here.