‘Bloomsday on Broadway’

Bloomsday on Broadway, a mammoth celebration of James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses, will kick off tomorrow, June 16, at 8 am ET with CBS’ Late Show host Stephen Colbert reading from “Episode 1, Telemachus” and conclude at 8:45 pm with CBS’ Criminal Minds star Kirsten Vangsness reading from “Episode 18, Penelope.”

Colbert and Vangsness will bookend readings from 16 other celebrities, including Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, and Claire Danes, as well as musical performances. The 39th annual event, usually held live at New York City’s Symphony Space, will be streamed free on the venue’s YouTube page, or you can tune in right here:

For a list of all readers and performers, and the complete Bloomsday on Broadway schedule, visit symphonyspace.org/events/virtual-bloomsday-on-broadway.

If you’d like to read along, you can get the novel free from Project Guttenberg. The story chronicles the odyssey of Leopold Bloom during one Dublin day: June 16, 1904.

If you’d like to see how the movies have handled Ulysses, 2003’s Bloom starring Stephen Rea as Leopold and Angeline Ball as his wife Molly, is available to Amazon Prime subscribers, on free library streamer Kanopy, or via $3.99 rental from Amazon, Google Play and YouTube.

A 1967 version of Ulysses, starring Milo O’Shea as Leopold and Barbara Jefford as Molly, received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The full movie is not streaming, but you can view the following 25-minute excerpt of “Molly Bloom’s Soliloquy” from “Episode 18, Penelope”:

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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