|Christina Hendricks as June. Or is it|
My addled, aging brain tends to forget the specifics of TV shows in that period of time, and the announcements of "Previously, on Breaking Bad..." really don't jog my memory enough. What's a fellow to do?
With Mad Men, I am currently taping the new season, but have not watched any of it.
|In reviewing early episodes, I am again|
struck by the work of Hendricks and John
Slattery, who stand out in a great cast. I
wrote about it here, before the 2nd season
Instead, I am reviewing the full series, from its first season, and when I'm done, I'll launch seamlessly into the new episodes. This routine works better sometimes than other times. I did the same thing with Downton Abbey, and of course, was bombarded with spoilers as the new season was being shown. So, by the grand finale, I already knew which major characters had died, and how. Downton seems to have generated much more social media buzz than Mad Men this year, so I haven't seen any spoilers just yet.
|Mad Men creators admit that Christina was completely different from their original concept of Joan. They immediately started writing the character for Hendricks, even including her unusual talent: the accordion.|
The clip below is from a concert staging of the musical Company, which is filled with TV stars who don't really belong on the musical stage (Jon Cryer and Stephen Colbert, of all people, are also featured in this thing).
|This concert staging of Company, backed by the NY Philharmonic, was first broadcast to theatres. It has since been made available on DVD.|
|Company's Bobby has a one-night stand with stewardess|
April. Or is it June?
It's a perfect example of the way Sondheim's songs tell complete stories; like so many other of his compositions, it resembles a one-act play more than a showstopping standard. And while it's unlikely this tune will ever turn up on a pop star's latest offering, it surely shows up in musical theatre performance classes, as it offers the performers a great opportunity to display both acting and vocal talents. Christina Hendricks's vocal talents are not particularly strong here, but she gets points for effort. Happy Birthday!