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"Live from Lincoln Center" New York City Opera: The Merry Widow (1996)

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Original Air Date:
27 March 1996 (Season 21, Episode 2)
A stage production of the classic musical videotaped in front of a live audience in the New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center, New York City. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
George S. Irving ... Baron Mirko Zeta
Patricia Johnson ... Valencienne
Joseph McKee ... Kromov
Beth McVey ... Olga
John Lankston ... Bogdanovitch
Suzanne Ishee ... Sylvanie
Robert Creighton ... Njegus
Carlo Scibelli ... Camille de Rosillion
Matthew Chellis ... Vicomte Cascada
Shon Sims ... Raoul de St. Brioche
Jane Thorngren ... Hanna, The Widow Glawali
Michael Hayes ... Count Danilo Danilovitch
Jean Barber ... Grisette: Lolo
Stephanie Godino ... Grisette: Dodo
Julie Stahl ... Grisette: Jou-Jou / Young Hanna
Kathy Meyer ... Grisette: Frou-Frou
Debbi Fuhrman ... Grisette: Clo-Clo
Joan Mirabella ... Grisette: Margot

Marty McDonough ... Young Danilo

Hugh Downs ... Himself - Host
New York City Opera Orchestra ... Themselves - Orchestra
New York City Opera Chorus ... Chorus

Episode Crew
Directed by
Kirk Browning 
Costume Design by
Gregg Barnes 
Makeup Department
Monserrate Alvarez .... hair stylist
Tom Molinelli .... makeup artist (as Thomas Molinelli)
Art Department
Michael Anania .... set designer
Henry Dancyger .... property master
Frank Lavaia .... master carpenter
Sound Department
Abe Jacob .... theatre sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Davic .... lighting director: resident lighting
Robert G. Lott .... associate lighting designer: resident lighting (as Robert Lott)
Thomas Maher .... master electrician
Kenneth Schutz .... associate lighting designer: resident lighting
Mark W. Stanley .... lighting designer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bettina P. Bierly .... assistant wardrobe director
Joseph A. Citarella .... wardrobe director
Linda Bethell Donovan .... costume supervisor
Frederick V. Gryzb .... costume supervisor
Music Department
Richard Beeson .... orchestra manager
Joseph Colaneri .... chorus master
Franz Lehár .... music by: "Die lustige Witwe"
George Manahan .... music director: New York City Opera
Susan Morton .... musical preparation
New York City Opera Orchestra .... orchestra
Anthony Piccolo .... assistant chorus master
John Pintavalle .... concert master
Alexander Sander .... conductor
Susan Woodruff Versage .... musical preparation
Other crew
Karen Federing .... stage manager
Doug Fogel .... stage manager
Joseph Gasperec .... assistant technical director
Chuck Giles .... technical director
Sharon Halley .... choreographer
Peggy Imbrie .... stage manager
Robert Johanson .... director: stage
Warren Katz .... assistant technical director
Paul L. King .... assistant stage director
Cindy Knight .... stage manager
Mike Phillips .... assistant stage director
Jessica Redel .... ballet mistress

Series Crew
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Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Franks .... lighting designer
Music Department
William R. Trotter .... musical consultant (1 episode)
Other crew
Bill Ahern .... production assistant
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Additional Details

USA:133 min
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Danilo:You said yes.
Hanna:And your uncle said no!
Danilo:You got angry.
Hanna:And you left me and went back to Marshovia.
Danilo:I went back to Marshovia to tell him how wrong he was about you. How proud I would be to have you for my wife, how proud Marshovia would be as well.
Hanna:You said that?
Hanna:He relented. I raced back to Paris... but you had already given yourself to another.
Hanna:I... never knew.
Danilo:And now you will give yourself to someone else again!
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining but could have been much more, 20 November 2014
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

The Merry Widow is a beautiful operetta, one of the best there is in fact, and New York City Opera have been responsible for a fair amount of treasures(ie. their 1983 production of The Cunning Little Vixen). This 1996 production is better than what has been said about it on Youtube but could have been much better, there are a lot of things to like but what it has been criticised for is valid and the flaws do hurt the production a fair bit. The production is handsome enough, with the exception of some overly solemn lighting, the costumes are just gorgeous being traditional and colourful and the sets suit the story and stage well, the garden set standing out. It fares well technically with good camera work(if a little lacking in variety) and picture quality and clear sound quality that allows you to enjoy the music. This said, "purists" may not like how the music is treated, it's still absolutely beautiful and there are few qualms with how it's performed but they won't find the re-editing of the Overture, the ridiculous over-milking(in sentiment that is) in the title waltz section and cuts and re-ordering very tasteful. For me, the changing around wasn't so much a problem but the treatment of the Overture was. The dialogue likewise, some of it is very funny and witty but other parts do come across as too silly and crude, especially with the Baron, some of it belonging more at home in a sit-com.

The staging was reasonably good, some of the comedy again with the Baron was overplayed but there was a good deal of warmth and charm- Vilja's just lovely- and the choreography had bags of energy, just loved the Act 3 can-can.The orchestral playing is lush and stylish, the chorus sound great in tone and balance and move easily and animatedly on stage. The conducting is rarely less than exuberant. The performances are fine on the whole with two exceptions. George S. Irving is very stereotypically oafish as the Baron with his comic timing verging on cartoon-ish, his voice is decent but character comes at the expense of tonal beauty. Carlo Scibelli has a very pretty tenor voice and is handsome, but is a very stiff actor and his diction is not always clear. Jane Thorngren is a sheer delight as Hanna though, her rich, clear-as-a-bell voice is particularly good in the Vilja and she is a touching actress too. Michael Hayes is dashing, headstrong and arrogant but there is a sense that Danillo is conflicted in being worried about commitment and his cockiness is masking it, he possesses a warm voice too. Patricia Johnson is immensely charming and sings and phrases her music very nicely if occasionally stridently. All in all, entertaining production but lacking in some areas. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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