The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Treading the Boards #35

Gwen Verdon and Jerry Orbach in Chicago
Gwen Verdon and Jerry Orbach perform a scene from Chicago, 1974.


jimkitt said...

Saw Jerry perform during a visit to NYC in Promises, Promises during a matinee performance. The people of New York loved him. I did too.

Fred said...

Thanks for posting this. It really brought back some memories. I remember being in the audience for this during its first run. I was all of 10 and getting a crash course in the love of musical theater, courtesy of my parents. I am always amazed by how much this was re-worked during its revival, making it almost as different from its principal run as the revival of Cabaret with Alan Cumming.