I wasn’t sure if I could count La Boheme as a musical. It is, after all, an opera – possibly the most tragic and romantic opera ever written. But I’m including it here because Andrew and I saw it performed on Broadway, and because it was nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2003 (including Best Revival of a Musical). And mostly because I set the rules on this blog, and I’m calling it a musical.
The great Baz Luhrmann brought La Boheme to Broadway after a popular run in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. The story is simple. Rodolfo and Mimi, poor bohemians living in Paris, fall in love. They decide to live together, but are torn apart by Rodolfo’s jealousy. Mimi moves out and becomes terminally ill with consumption. She and Rodolfo are reunited one last time; they remember their happy moments, and she dies. The show ends with Rodolfo calling her name in grief and throwing himself upon her dead body.
Even by operatic standards, that’s a lot of sorrow.
Leek and potato soup is a French classic, and it’s as beloved by the wealthy (who might call it vichyssoise) as the poor (for whom the ingredients would be simple and affordable). Whether it’s eaten warm or cold, this soup will appeal to the bohemian – or the aristocrat – in all of us.