Marie Duplessis

(This is a review for the fantastic musical “cabaret” Songs of the Fallen, which will be in town for one week only, so get yer tickets NOW.) Are you a tourist in New York who’s about to wait on line at TKTS? Are you having doubts about whether standing around for two hours in order […]

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VM Gautier on June 28, 2015

19th century Paris’ favorite party-girl is having a birthday party in Manhattan and you’re invited! Songs for the Fallen will have a brief run at the New York Musical Theater Festival. What is it? And why should you absolutely get your tickets today? Here’s the description from the NYMT site: Good girls don’t make history. […]

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Marion on March 17, 2015

Given my love for La Traviata and all things related to Marie Duplessis, of course I wanted to see Manon at the Met. We made it to the second, of only six performances last Thursday night. My verdict: C’est Magnifique! To those of you still baffled by that first sentence and the connection between the […]

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VM Gautier on November 14, 2014

(Thanks to Marion Stein for allowing me the rare honor of a guest post on her blog.) I stalk the web sometimes looking for posts about Marie Duplessis in a desperate attempt to find my book’s “target audience.” Stalking is never a good thing, but at least I’m not going after my critics. My search […]

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We idiots stopped by the Church of the Covenant over on East 42nd street to see the New York Opera Exchange production of La Traviata. What drew us there? The chance to expand our operatic horizons beyond the Met, cheap tickets – general admission $30 (less for students and seniors), the opportunity to participate in […]

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