Antony Hegarty with his 60-piece orchestra on the Radio City Music Hall stage. (Photos © 2012, Steven P. Marsh)
What can we say about the wonderfully strange singer Antony Hegarty, who on Jan. 26 managed to transform Radio City Music Hall into his own special dreamscape?
Antony, who often performs with a band as Antony and the Johnsons, had some members of his band as part of a 60-piece orchestra for this light-and-music show dubbed Swanlights. He attracted a sold-out crowd that included celebrities such as Tilda Swinton, Jenny Shimizu, Rufus Wainwright, Lady Bunny, Michael Stipe and many more.
Lady Bunny in the lobby of Radio City Music Hall.
(Check out The New York Times review of the show here.)
The show, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art and originally designed for presentation in the museum’s atrium, reached so far that it was doomed to fall a bit short. But even so, the evening was stunning and engaging, as the transgender Antony, dressed in a simple, flowing gown, came out an sang a selection of his marvelous songs with lush accompaniment, a visually stunning set, and, for the most part, well-done lighting.
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Tagged Antony and the Johnsons, Antony Hegarty, Jenny Shimizu, Lady Bunny, Michael Stipe, MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, Rufus Wainwright, Tilda Swinton
The Englert Theatre, one of the University of Iowa's performing arts venues in Iowa City. (Photo courtesy Jacob Yarrow, Unversity of Iowa)
Weather scuttles Stew & The Negro Problem’s Iowa Omnibus show — for now
What does Mother Nature have against Iowa City, Ia.?
Stew at Joe's Pub on Jan. 23, 2012. (Photo © 2012, Steven P. Marsh)
In 2008, the Iowa River overran its banks and devastated the city, destroying much property in the city, including the notable Max Abramovitz-designed Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
The flood-ravaged Hancher Auditorium, designed by Max Abramovitz, the architect of Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
The latest natural disaster didn’t cause physical damage that we know of, but the psychic damage is certainly huge. A “freak fog” closed the local airport and kept Stew and Heidi Rodewald and their band, The Negro Problem, from making it to Iowa City in time for their Feb. 2 gig.
As we reported the other day, Stew & The Negro Problem were to present Iowa Omnibus as the centerpiece of a Feb. 2 show at the Englert Theatre, a civic auditorium that is housing some of UI’s performing arts productions. It was commissioned by UI’s Hancher Auditorium, the campus performing arts presenter, inspired by Stew and Heidi’s 2010 Brooklyn Omnibus shows, as well as their hit musical, Passing Strange.
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Tagged Avery Fisher Hall, Brooklyn OMNIBUS, Cedar Rapids, Eastern Iowa Airport, Englert Theatre, Hancher Auditoriuum, Heidi Rodewald, Iowa City, Iowa City Omnibus, Joe's Pub, Making It, Max Abramovitz, Passing Strange, St. Ann's Warehouse, Stew, Stew & The Negro Problem, Strange Freak, The Negro Problem