The Sound of Hamlet, part 8

The Sound of Hamlet
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After the Shakespearean birthday festivities, it's time to resume The Sound of Hamlet! When we last left Hamlet, he had just confirmed his uncle's guilt by putting on a convoluted play involving yodeling goats. Now he is on his way to talk to his mother...

Prepare to hear that tune a few more times before the dust settles. 

Anyways, here is the point where I confess myself to be a musical theatre hipster - my favorite Sound of Music songs are the two that were cut from the famous movie adaptation with Julie Andrews, and thus are almost criminally unknown. The songs in question, How Can Love Survive? and No Way To Stop It are peppy and unrelentingly cynical, much like myself. Here's one of them:

Stop by again on Thursday, when Hamlet will climb every mountain! Or... at least cross every plain of Denmark. It's the same thing. 

Happy 451st Birthday, Shakespeare!

It's Shakespeare's (possible, but conjecturally extrapolated) birthday! Let's take a moment to celebrate the works of one of the world's greatest and most sensationalist storytellers.

Part of the reason I enjoy Game of Thrones so much is that so much of its plot resembles a Shakespearean history play... but on steroids, with more magic and less complicated family trees. If you think Shakespeare is boring, just think of it as Game of Thrones: Elizabethan-Style. It's just as entertaining.

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! 

The Sound of Hamlet, part 7

The Sound of Hamlet
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8

We're back with some more Rodgers and Shakespearstein musical goodness today with everybody's favorite song about yodeling goats.

I'm just going to say.... if that yodeling goat is every found mysteriously murdered, there will be no shortage of suspects.

I'm taking a short break from The Sound of Hamlet on Thursday to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, but next week we'll be into the home stretch. We're running out of songs! And plot. 

The Sound of Hamlet, part 6

The Sound of Hamlet
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8

 

It happens in every production of Hamlet - you reach Act 3, Scene 1, and you can hear the audience hold it's collective breath for a moment... followed by the suppressed sound of hundreds of people trying very hard not to say the words along with the poor actor on stage.

It is the "to be or not to be" speech.

Similarly, in every production of the Sound of Music you can hear people trying very hard not to sing along to "Do Re Mi".

It's the same thing.

Phew. Thank goodness that's over.

Tune in next week for the Murder of Gonzago, in which there may or may not be goats!