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Subject: Re: "Restoring" the Old Met (was Re: Helen Traubel reissue)
From: Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:59:20 -0400
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Bob,

While I agree with everything you and Ray say, the acoustics in the old house could not be beaten  even tho Zinka said you had to know where on the stage to stand. Also, the new house is just too big. But again, I agree there was no other alternative.

Michael

Michael J. McPherson
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> On Aug 21, 2017, at 10:52 AM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> Max and Ray
> 
> Absolutely!
> 
> I was at the Closing Night gala when Licia Albanese, pleaded
> to "save the Met", and like the vast majority of the audience, I
> cheered her words, as she kissed the stage. Stokowski exhorted
> us, as well, and they were very "feel good" moments.
> 
> But, I knew, and we all knew, that that was not going to happen,
> and we knew that the Met's very existence depended on the income 
> from that prime real estate. What we also learned was that
> the building would have had to be gutted and rebuilt from scratch
> on a piece of land not large enough to accommodate its needs.
> The physical structure was actually in danger of collapse, especially
> the roof, which had been weakened by water leaks and other weather
> damage over the years.
> 
> So, when we applauded and cheered, we were celebrating its history,
> aware that its future lay somewhere else.
> 
> I dot think that the new structure at 39th St should have includd more than 
> a small plaque commemmorating the magnificence of the theater's history.
> I have not passed by in many years, but I have been told that even
> that small token of remembrance no longer exists. If true, that is, indeed,
> shameful.
> 
> Bob
> 
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