Hardly new for NY. I am reminded of a New Yorker cartoon at least ten years ago. A patient in an operating-room bed looking up at the masked surgical team. The surgeon says "We'd like you to know that we'll be performing this operation with original instruments."
> My ears became more attentive when the people started talking about
> the challenges of 'authenticity'. bla bla bla.... and how one of the
> "special" things about these new "performances" were the "period
> costumes", and just how every detail was "true to the period" No they
> weren't gabbling on about a new Rameau Opera, but I was amazed to
> learn that they were discussing new productions of Mary Poppins and
> Saturday Night Fever.....
> No kidding
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