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Watch | A Celebration of Bloomsday
Thursday, June 14, 2012
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.