December 19, 2016

Les Miserables at Inauguration?

From Blind Gossip:

While there are reports that nobody wants to perform at Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration, that is not true.

In an interesting turn of events, we just found out that the producer of one theatrical show is currently negotiating for their entire cast to perform at the Inauguration!

There are a few details that still need to be worked out in the contract, but it looks like attendees would be treated to more than one musical number from the show.

Although the show’s producer was quite antagonistic towards Trump during the past year, it looks like that is not stopping them from putting the show first!

By the way, this is definitely NOT about the cast of Hamilton! ...

[Optional] Which song from a musical would you most like to hear Donald Trump sing?

The clue is in the optional question, playing on "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Miserables. He's already used that song at a rally in Miami in September, where there was also a projected image of "Les Deplorables" in the style of the play's poster art, with revolutionaries at the barricades.

That was a hit even with the reporters, who will be in too good of a mood to say anything bad during the Inauguration.

It'll also force the elitists to reveal their contempt for middle America and middlebrow culture, as well as how silly and trivial their "highbrow" alternatives are -- getting lectured by AIDS-rotted diversity hires LARP-ing as the founding fathers? Somehow I don't see that playing at the Vienna Opera House...

Another example of culture being downstream from politics!


  1. Can you explain the "it'll also force..." part to me like I am an idiot? Some things went past me. Is Les Mis considered high or middle brow? In my experience elites want to snub even pieces of high culture once they get too popular (and their use as a fashion accessory wears off).

  2. The novel may be part of the Canon, but the musical has been middlebrow for at least 10-20 years, probably since the beginning (1980).

  3. Very appropriate, Patrick Bateman is obsessed with "Les Mis"

  4. I like Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera, but that sort of thing is middlebrow for sure. And good for it.

    Funny thing though, put the way you did I can see why Hamilton would be considered avant garde by comparison, at least by elites wishing to salve their artistic self-images. But c'mon. It's still a stage musical, even if hip hop.

    [Of course I'd consider the hip hop to reduce it to lowbrow rather than elevate it to highbrow, but to Manhattan elites that just proves I'm middlebrow].

    But I digress. After the Pence incident, John Fugelsang tweeted about how those planning to boycott the show were people who had no awareness of hip hop or history anyway.

    What a load. Lack of awareness of hip hop is a sign of good taste. And the idea that Hamilton-awareness demonstrates historical literacy is too retarded for words.

  5. I have some gratitude to Manhattan elites for keeping places like Lincoln Center open. They may have corrupted European high culture but the classics still endure at the sufferance of, and sometimes the genuine support of, the mighty.

    It isn't the golden age of classical music performance, recording and sales that it was 25 years ago, but it isn't dead.

    I watched on PBS the annual Vienna New Year's celebration. It's the middlebrow end of highbrow European culture, but beautiful to behold. They put some diversispeak in the mouth of Julie Andrews, but it was still a celebration of German art of old.


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