Thanks for putting up with my twin passions of Shakespeare and musical theatre. We shall resume non-musical Shakespearean service next week. Until then... so long... farewell... etc.
Non-singing exposition scene #1. This really should have appeared with last Thursday's installment, but it didn't occur to me.
Non-singing exposition scene #2. Cut me some slack, there's a lot going on in this final scene. But now, inevitably, let's have one more round of "So Long, Farewell"!
As they say... "Well, that escalated quickly."
Everyone's dead, but what's a proper musical without an upbeat final chorus? Tune in on Thursday for the closing number of The Sound of Hamlet!
OK, remember when I said I was a musical hipster and that my two favorite Sound of Music songs were the ones cut from the film adaptation? This is the second one of them. IT'S SO PEPPY and it's about Nazi collaboration. Who says The Sound of Music isn't edgy?
Tune in next Tuesday for the final, bloody week of The Sound of Hamlet!
It's Sound of Hamlet time again! Musical theatre loves its reprises, so today we have two back-to-back reprises as we try to move the story along to its inevitable final number.
I have to admit it... "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" is a lot more fun to write parody lyrics for than I had anticipated.
Tune in on Thursday, when Hamlet will sing a duet with a certain skull!
Tune in next week to see Ophelia musical mad scene as we enter the home stretch of The Sound of Hamlet!
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.
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.
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!