The costumes, the scenery, the make-up, the props!
Now, that’s more like it, La Cieca squealed to herself when she saw this morning’s news about the multi-venue simulcast red-carpet whoop-de-do surrounding the Met’s opening night production of Madama Butterfly. It’s a celebrity-centered universe we live in; no getting around that, so why indeed not promote the Metropolitan Opera as the most glamorous show in town? La Cieca herself will be at the curb near the red carpet hoping for a glimpse of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sean Connery, Goldie Hawn, Anjelica Huston, Iman, David Bowie, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini. (Al Roker, perhaps not so much.)
Also great news: the simulcasts from both Lincoln Center and Times Square!