What to see, read and listen to in August
Noel Coward Theatre, London, Aug. 8
Plot: A cabal of politicians conspires to murder a beloved leader to save the republic, sparking a bloody power struggle. In true Shakespearean fashion, it ends poorly for all involved.
Portentous dialogue: “Beware the ides of March.”
Key moment: Caesar is assassinated by several trusted advisers, including his closest ally, Brutus, in a stadium where political rallies take place. Drama ensues.
Feel-good factor: 5/10. Despite having slain his friend and leader, Brutus finally does the right thing and falls on his own sword, causing one man to describe him as “the noblest Roman of them all.”
BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL
St. James Theatre, New York City, Aug. 1
Plot: Truman High cheerleading captain Campbell Davis is redistricted to Jackson High, which relegates her to the bottom of the social pecking order. She befriends Jackson’s most popular girl, Danielle, and strives to make it back to the top.
Portentous dialogue: “I’m no Miss Cleo, but I got a feeling we’re gonna win this!”
Key moment: Campbell finds out that her new school doesn’t have a cheerleading squad. Drama ensues.
Feel-good factor: 10/10. Campbell falls in love, the plucky Jackson High squad makes it to nationals and everybody sings about the life lessons they’ve learned: “We killed it and we know it. Don’t need the gold to show it, when you know it inside!”
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“LIONEL, A VOICE WOULD SAY. YEAH? WHAT YOU WANT? … LIONEL WAS NO LONGER MERELY THINKING OUT LOUD. HE WAS HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH WHAT SEEMED TO BE A HIGHER INTELLIGENCE. THE VOICE WAS CLEVERER THAN HE WAS. IT EVEN HAD A BETTER ACCENT.”
—From Lionel Asbo: State of England, the latest crabby-comic novel from Martin Amis. AUG. 21