I know how that goes when you can't understand the words involved in opera/operetta. It is very frustrating. I've surprised myself the past couple weeks getting hooked on some of the full-blown operas they've been streaming. Guess I've always been drawn to the music, but it doesn't mean much when they're singing in Italian and you don't have a clue what they're saying. However, the operas they've been streaming have English subtitles and I've actually enjoyed them when I know what they're singing about. Unfortunately, I keep forgetting where everything is at. The Met streamed Pavarotti in La Boheme on Friday and I missed it. I would have liked to see at least part of it for the experience. They're up for such a short time I often don't have time to see the whole preformance. That's why I created the list of free opportunities in the Entertainment thread. I couldn't figure out how to organize things so I'd know what was going on. Need to go over and add The Met to the list so I don't continue to miss things! We finally found the time to watch "By Jeeves" last night and I had to head to the Internet to see if the play was doing what we were pretty convinced it was. Turned out we were right. I know the Jeeves and Wooster stories are quite popular in Britain. I think BBC even had a series based on them. However, I'd never read them so didn't know much about them. Right off the bat I noticed how similar the story was to a Gilbert & Sullivan farce. It didn't take long to note the similarities in music. It was obvious the play's songs took inspiration from Gilbert & Sullivan in many places. It turned out P.G. Woodhouse (the Jeeves and Wooster author) was a young contemporary of Gilbert & Sullivan. He was actually somewhat acquainted with them and was a big fan. They were reaching their peak in popularity in Britain when he was quite young. So apparently, he chose to write similar crazy plots which were similar to the messes Gilbert & Sullivan operetta characters often found themselves involved in. When they decided to make a musical from the stories, it was therefore logical to use the inspiration of Gilbert & Sullivan in the music. That's why it seemed so much like a knock-off to us. It was supposed to be, which I suppose was part of the joke. "The Code" they kept referencing seemed to be all-too-similar to a thread in the Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta "The Pirates of Penzance" which was subtitled "The Slave of Duty." A song that Jeeves sang shortly after that was all too similar to "Modern Major General" from Pirates, as well. Now that I realize what was going on, I'm glad I saw the play -- even though I didn't know what I was stumbling into. However, I'd still prefer a good Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta any day.