Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Bits and Pieces

Jesus Christ Superstar

Yesterday I went to a matinee performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, the Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber rock opera. Ted Neeley (now 65) headlined as Jesus, the role he played in the 1973 movie version. He was good, but I (and the two older ladies sitting behind me) felt a younger Jesus would have been more appropriate, especially considering the age and extraordinary talent of the rest of the cast. Most experts place Jesus' age at about 33 when he was crucified.

First performed on Broadway in 1971, the production is on another extended tour through the U.S. and Canada. The minimalist staging is well done, the cast is very talented, and the music worth hearing again and again.

Arizona's New Law on Immigration

President Obama doesn't like it.
Mexico's Foreign Ministry doesn't like it.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund doesn't like it.
There's a bit of brouhaha from truckers threatening a boycott.

Looks to me like a big pile of poo is about to hit the fan.

I'm not going to debate the issue here, but you can read these articles from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, or this article from The Arizona Republic.

Or you can do your homework and read Arizona SB 1070 for yourself.

What's Next in the A to Z Blog Challenge?

There's only one week left. Monday through Friday -- V through Z. Then the big wrap-up on May 3rd. I don't know if Arlee Bird at tossing it out is going to dismantle his A to Z blogroll or not, so you might want to pop over there and check out all the participants before it's too late.

What I'm Reading

Hester by Paula Reed. I'm enjoying the book a lot. Even though I didn't need to re-read The Scarlet Letter first, I'm glad I did. I'll tell you more about that when I finish Hester.


Simon Hay Soul Healer said...

I thought I'd share that I'm reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I haven't decided if it's good yet. I don't think I'm going to love it. Take care, Simon.

Simon Hay Soul Healer said...

I forgot to say that I've placed Hester on my books to buy list. I love the cover.


Thanks for a super write, it's lovely to read bits and pieces of interest. I shall miss the Challenge when it ends.

Take care,

Jemi Fraser said...

Without even seeing it I think a younger actor would have been a better choice too - there's only so far the imagination will leap!

Talli Roland said...

I love Jesus Christ Superstar! I haven't seen it for ages and I'd really like to see it again. Lucky you! Have a great weekend.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Good morning (even though it's practically noon here in Colorado). Hubby and I are about to pack up those old computers and a couple of other electronic devices and tote them to a school recycling event. THIS IS SO EXCITING! Who knew getting rid of "stuff" could feel so good?

Simon -- I haven't read "Dragon Tattoo" yet, but I'm enjoying "Hester" a lot. Author Paula Reed is a high school English teacher at Columbine High School and has taught "The Scarlet Letter" for many years -- I was very happy to discover a new point of view and a plot connection to the political history of the times.

To all of you, have a wonderful day, wherever you are. We have a bit of sun in Northern Colorado so I need to get outside for a while and watch my tulips. :)

Jeanie said...

I would love to see "hair" again, but I'm not sure a 65 year old Jesus would feel right. Nevertheless, since I am from the "Hair" generation I love the play and the music is always great to hear. Have a great Sunday, Patricia.


Thanks for popping by and the lovely comments.
Yes, I will certainly be back to see you, I have made many friends this past few weeks and although it's been hard work at times, I have enjoyed the expereience.

Take care.