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Thursday, June 14, 2012

The opening lines from 'Ulysses' by James Joyce The opening lines from "Ulysses" by James Joyce (pitmanra/flickr)

James Joyce fans celebrate Bloomsday on Saturday. Bloomsday commemorates the anniversary of June 16, 1904 — the date on which Joyce's epic novel, Ulysses, was set — and was named after the novel’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom.

Symphony Space is among the many places in the city that marks Bloomsday with a reading from Ulysses.

This year's happening is called Bloomsday on Broadway, and will include readings from the novel's episodes "Sirens" and "Penelope."

There will also be musical performances of pieces central to the episodes, including the tenor aria "M'a parri" from the opera "Martha"; songs the book's character, Molly Bloom, was supposed to have been rehearsing instead of being with Blazes Boylan; and an Irish revolutionary ballad called "The Croppy Boy."

Actor David Margulies ("Angels in America"), soprano Lisa Flanagan, performance artist Adam Harvey ("Finnegan's Grand Operoar") and actress Fionnula Flanagan ("Lost") will perform.

Bloomsday on Broadway kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday and will go on until after midnight.

Buy a $25 ticket to the Symphony Space event or watch the live performance of the show beginning at 7 P.M.

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Andrea Sherman

PLEASE bring back Symphony Space's Bloomsday on Broadway to WNYC RADIO!!! Not everyone who can't attend the performance in person wants to have to access it through a computer. Some of my fondest Bloomsday memories over the past 30 years have been listening to the performance over the airwaves, whether in the comfort of my living room, listening intently to the stereo with eyes closed in concentration; or, as I did once, years ago, with a small portable radio at the top of the Empire State building! Bloomsday on Broadway is an annual ritual that I eagerly anticipate each year, and I find having to listen to it chained to my computer to be much less enjoyable. Perhaps there are other techno dinosaurs who share my feelings? If so, please bring back the RADIO simulcast!

Thank you,
Andrea Sherman

Jun. 14 2012 09:46 PM

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