Author: CHARLES GREEN

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By Charles Green
BASED ON Charles M. Blow’s 2015 memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which is about growing up poor and Black in Louisiana, as well as being sexually abused, Terence Blanchard’s emotionally charged opera opened the Met’s 2021–22 season … making it the first opera by a Black composer to appear at the Met.

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Fox’s cable TV production of the musical, Rent, titled Rent Live, had a major surprise. Because Bennin Hunt, who played main character Roger, had broken his foot during the dress rehearsal the night before, Fox chose to broadcast the footage from that rehearsal, switching to Sunday night’s performance for the last fifteen minutes.

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