Bernstein’s On the Town, Performed at the BBC Proms by the LSO, Conducted by John Wilson

The on-demand streamcast (starting tonight commemorating Bernstein’s 100th birthday and continuing through 24 September) on BBC3 was actually pretty good—straightforwardly sung, acted and played; no John going meshugenah with the tempi like he did two weeks ago with his own orchestra’s “concert” version of West Side Story. (In contrast, you do not mess around with the London Symphony Orchestra.) And is that the venerable UK-based American actor Kerry Shale doing the narrating?

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As it was in West Side Story two weeks ago, I am theorizing that the terrifying foot-stomping in the audience that occurred when my lovely John stepped forward to take his bow at the end was started by fellow classmates of the youth chorus onstage and not a biker gang.

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