Magazine article The Nation

Junon and Avos: The Hope

Magazine article The Nation

Junon and Avos: The Hope

Article excerpt

Meanwhile, upstairs, on City Center's main stage, Pierre Cardin has gone great expense to import Junon and Avos: The Hope, a Soviet rock musical that is so intensely, variously and embarrassingly bad that it is almost worth seeing. The rock is as slow as a death march and loud as the City Center's amplifying system can make it. The songs, by Alexis Ribnikov and Andrey Voznesensky, have an emotional range from brooding to angry, offset by moments of mawkish religiosity. The book, also by Voznesensky, concerns a Russian nobleman, Count Rezanov, who sails to San Francisco in 1806 hoping to open a trading route to the New World. This hope is symbolized in the person of Conchita, the blond daughter of the governor of San Francisco, a Doris Day doppelglinger. Rezanov expresses his love for Conchita in the song Angel, Become a Woman"' from which I quote the last stanza in the English translation included in the program:

Near the Temple of the Virgin

Weeping willows ov'r the water bend


Like a herd of magic horses

Drinking water from the pond. …

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