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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

A Tears-Flowing JWO "Tonight"

March 19, 2021 --

Maestro John Wilson has said, in an interview, that the Broadway musicals of yore are not matters of nostalgia for him, because he was not born when these musicals debuted, quickly adding, he loves them for their intrinsic worth.   Well,  for LPR it is probably a matter of nostalgia and the intrinsic worth of the musicals of the '40's and 50's.  My parents took me to "Oklahoma" neat the end of its original run -- a Saturday matinee in March, 1948, marking its 5th anniversary.  And in late August or early September, 1957, after the summer season at Camp Wabigoon, in Winsted, Ct., had ended, I, with two friends from Wabigoon, went to a Wednesday matinee, I think it was, of the original run of West Story.

Late in the evening, of March 10, I brought up a video of Sierra Boggess and Julian Ovenden, accompanied by the John Wilson Orchestra, singing "Tonight" from West Side Story.  Was it nostalgia, their beautiful performance -- likely both -- that caused tears to flow before their wondrous singing ended? 

I don't say that tears will flow from the eyes of LPR visitors who watch this video; perhaps, however, you will want to watch it again and again, and forward it to close family and friends.