December 30 – Prokofiev and Porter

1938

Mahen Theatre, built in 1882, lit by Edison

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev‘s ballet Romeo and Juliet gets a censored premiere in the Provincial Theater in Brno, Czechoslovakia.


Prokofiev

 
Prokofiev does not attend; by then designated a ‘degenerate modernist’ (too darn hot), he’s not allowed to travel outside the Soviet Union. Six more performances follow. Another version censored over Prokofiev’s objections is presented at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad on January 11, 1940.
 
The first full production is staged in London in 1955 … two years after Prokofiev’s death. (*) His many great works are heard around the world today — who remembers the petty bureaucrats who tortured him?
 
 ( Fansite No. 13 Dance (LSO, Gergiev)  Fight (Tbilisi) 

1948

With music and lyrics by Cole Porter(*), musical Kiss Me, Kate opens on Broadway in the New Century Theatre for 1,077 performances.


Porter

 
Based in Shakespeare’s comedy play The Taming of the Shrew, Porter’s biggest hit is the first to win the Tony Award — full name, Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, founded in 1947 — for Best Musical.
 
A 3D1953 film version stars Kathryn Grayson and ever-present film musical stalwart Howard Keel.
 
In four years Senator McCarthy will begin proving that the US has always been tough on degenerate modernists.
 
 ( Porter fansite
So In Love (Ella)  Too Darn Hot  This Moment On (Judy) 

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