I was all abuzz after hearing that one of the wackiest concepts ever, an opera version of the 1986 cult gem The Fly, was coming from France to Los Angeles. Filmmaker David Cronenberg teamed up with composer Howard Shore and production designer Dante Ferretti for this limited run, so if you're a fan of horror sci-fi (or just weird things generally) and you're in the L.A. area, you might give it a whirl. It's strangely entertaining, and while the singing can get a little tough to take after two-plus hours, the set design is absolutely incredible, and it's great fun to hear Shore's amazing theme music performed by a live orchestra.
Remember the movie? Jeff Goldblum starred as Seth Brundle, a mad scientist determined to successfully teleport living things like himself, but whose DNA merges with a fly accidentally trapped in the teleportation device with him--to girlfriend Geena Davis's dismay. You Puccini fans might be put off by the Brundlefly's full frontal nudity and simulated lovemaking with his girlfriends, but fans of the movie and Cronenberg's bizarre work will appreciate watching a man in a giant insect costume crawling up the rafters belting out lines like like "It's just me and my telepods! What a romance!"
There are only a few shows playing through September, so if you want to catch this production before its wings are silenced, check schedule and availability soon. (Next up: The Elephant Man: The Musical?)