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Thursday, February 7, 2002

Bugs Bunny on BroadwayWhat a fabulous evening! The Snook and I went to see Bugs Bunny on Broadway at the Sydney Opera House. The show (conceived by American conductor George Daugherty) features various Warner Brothers cartoons projected onto a large screen while a live symphony orchestra plays the famous music below. It was so cool! They actually started off with "Flight of the Valkyries" (without the cartoon) and afterwards the conductor accurately surmised that every single person in the audience had been singing to themselves: "Kill the wabbit!" They did the "Rabbit of Seville", "A Corny Concerto", "Baton Bunny", and "Rhapsody Rabbit", among others. And of course, the big finale was the full six minutes and forty-five seconds of "What's Opera, Doc?" There's nothing like seeing Elmer in his "magic helmet" singing of his love to Bugs as Brunhilda up on a giant screen while the orchestra crashes below. My favorite moment of all, though, came during the Wile E. Coyote cartoon "Zoom and Bored." At some point, the coyote runs off a cliff or something and the orchestra completely stops as he contemplates his fate in silence. At that exact moment, all 3000 of us in the concert hall smiled as we heard the laughter of two little kids in the second row. It was fun.

Oh, and the icing on the cake? It actually stopped raining today! It was the most amazing feeling in the world to be standing outside the Opera House, staring up at the city skyline and the Harbour Bridge through a gorgeous, sparkling evening sky. It felt like being in a movie or something. You've just gotta see Sydney at night.

 
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