As any jaded Bywater ex-hipster will tell you, “Today I shall be a starving artist” makes for a good life plan until the moment you arrive at your favorite bar and realize it’s a Friday night and they’re charging cover. Swap “alcohol” to “food” (people’s priorities are so odd sometimes, no?), add a climate that actually gets cold in the winter (France, circa 1830), and a disease much more contagious and much less fun than springtime festival-itis (anytime tuberculosis), and what do you have? La bohème, the thrilling, tragic, untouchable love story beloved around the world and better known to many in recent generations as the basis for 1996’s musical Rent. Return to the kind of performance no modern-day pyrotechnics can match as Giacomo Puccini’s unmistakable, undefinable score makes both new hipster shades and old-school opera glasses unnecessary to see what true love – and true loss – look like when brought to life.
[box]UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage.[/box]
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Puccini’s La bohème
April 4, 2014 – 8:00 PM
April 6, 2014 – 2:30 PM
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
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