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We did it! Today is our final A to Z Challenge post and I am proud to say I have done it! My third year is complete. I hope you have enjoyed my posts about my favourite musicals and theatrical plays. Today’s post is “Z for Zero Hour”. “Zero Hour” is a musical number from Rage of the Heart.
The musical Rage of the Heart takes place in 12th century Paris and is based on a true story. The plot centers around the love relationship between Abelard and Heloise. Poet, philosopher, singer, teacher, Abelard is the most famous man of his age. Because his thinking and teaching are way ahead of his time, he inevitably runs into trouble with the political/religious
authorities of the day. Heloise is his gifted young student. Together, they face incredible obstacles and conflicts. Through it all, their love grows into a magnificent testimony of transcendent human love. Rage of the Heart dramatizes and sings of the extraordinary heights that the human heart and mind can reach.
I honestly don’t know if the musical ever made it off the ground by in 1987, a concept recording was made featuring Michael Ball as Abelard and Janet Mooney as Heloise. I loved Michael Ball’s voice since I first heard it in the mid 90s thanks to musicals such as Les Miserables, Passion and Aspects of Love (featured in my 1st post). I learned of Janet Mooney thanks to Bernard J. Taylor’s concept recordings for Pride and Prejudice and Much Ado.
And as truth be told, they make beautiful music with duets and solos. “Zero Hour” itself is a good example of the chorus’ strengths. There are a couple questionable numbers about sexuality but the core numbers from the musical are gorgeous and would probably make for a lovely concert performance me thinks.
Don’t Turn Away
Now and Always
Dear Husband, Dear Wife
When You’re Gone
What has been your favourite musical/theatrical performance I’ve shared? My favourites are probably Les Miserables, Aspects of Love, Rebecca, Miss Saigon and the gorgeous Laurence Fox in “Strangers on a Train“. Thanks for sharing this journey with me!!