An American Century Christmas: Nostalgic Salute to Holiday Traditions
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In Florencia in the Amazon, a famous opera singer embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey up the famous South American river in a tale inspired by the magical realism of Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera). Along the way, the opera's female lead, Florencia Grimaldi, hopes to track down her long-lost lover, but her fellow travelers are beset by storms and become carried deeper into the rain forest, guided by a mystical river creature. The first Spanish-language commission by a major U.S. opera company, Florencia in the Amazon features a shimmering, romantic score by Daniel Catán and a libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Two-time Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Goerke takes the starring role in this Washington National Opera premiere. Learn More
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Although I saw the show after Christmas, it was still an enjoyable pastiche of entertainment traditions, most of which I knew but some I did not. The cast was talented, although a few lines were obviously flubbed. At times, they winningly recreated the fake camaraderie of the old TV specials, where stars with nothing in common had to fake being close to each other. The show might have benefitted from being shorter, especially the second act. The "Ahmal and the Night Visitors" and the O. Henry excerpts slowed the evening down and wouldn't be missed, but otherwise the skits and songs were entertaining.
I even won a Tootsie Pop during one of the trivia Q&A moments!
American Century Theater audiences are getting a special gift this holiday season: An American Century Christmas, a new musical special full of old classics, Christmas chestnuts, memories, laughs, tears and Christmas spirit. A reflection on how America celebrated Christmas between 1900 and 2000, An American Century Christmas contains selections from over 70 songs, including salutes to Gene Autry, romantic Christmas standards, animated Christmas specials, classic Christmas movies, and more, all presented in the format of the TV Christmas variety show specials that used to be staples of the family holiday experience.
Where else can you get O. Henry, Scrooge, George Bailey, Rudolf and “Santa Baby” in one show, along with mistletoe and “carols ‘round the tree”? If you think you’ll need a boost this year to get in the Christmas spirit, Theatre Two at the Gunston Arts Center is the place to go.