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Spinoffs: Forbidden Planet, Musical Adaptations
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 99. Monday, 8 Apr 1991.
 
(1)   Date: Sun, 7 Apr 1991 16:21 EST                        (27 lines)
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      Subject: Another Shakespearean Spinoff
 
(2)   Date:     Mon,  8 Apr 91 11:36 EST                     (34 lines)
      From:     Ann Miller <FAC_AMILLER@JMUVAX1>
      Subject:  Shakespeare and the musical stage
 
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Date: Sun, 7 Apr 1991 16:21 EST
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Subject: Another Shakespearean Spinoff
 
While watching cable tv recently, I was reminded of a Shakespearean
spinoff and offer it here if no one has mentioned it yet.
 
Back in 1956, MGM released a film called FORBIDDEN PLANET, which was an
above average science-fiction film by 50's standards.  The film has
analogies to Shakespeare's TEMPEST.  Dr. Morbius, played by Walter
Pidgeon, is a brilliant and inventive scientist (Prospero), whose
innocent and naive daughter, portrayed by Anne Francis (Miranda), lives
with him on an out-of-the-way planet (the enchanted island), troubled
by an Id-like force (Caliban).  Their island in the universe is visited
by a "brave new world" of astronauts, among whom is Leslie Nielsen
(Ferdinand), who develops romantic feelings for Anne Francis.  Although
not as spritely as Ariel, Robby the Robot is an extraordinary being who
carries out the special biddings of Dr. Morbius.
 
Charles Zarobila
Grasselli Library
John Carroll University
zarobila@jcuvax

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Date:     Mon,  8 Apr 91 11:36 EST
From:     Ann Miller <FAC_AMILLER@JMUVAX1>
Subject:  Shakespeare and the musical stage
 
Thought people on SHAKSPER might be interested in a new book I noticed
_Shakespeare and the musical stage: a guide to sources, studies, and first
performances_ by Edward R. Hotaling (G.K.Hall, 1990 $37.50, ISBN 0-8161-9070-4).
I saw a review in _Choice_ magazine which recommended it to libraries for
purchase.
 
The work apparently lists approximately 600 operas or musical stage works
based on Shakespeare's plays.  It is a reference work which includes info
on the composer, librettist, a description of the work and date of premiere,
etc.  Sounds interesting for those looking for S. in other mediums.
 
The reviewer also notes a previous title _Shakespeare in Music_ from 1965
which might be of interest to some and work on a new title.  "A Shakespeare
Music Catalogue" by Brian Gooch apparently is in the works.  If it is
comprehensive, it may answer some of those questions I saw on the list
some months back.
 
I don't envy Mr. Gooch, I can only imagine how many versions of "The Willow
Song" are out there.
 
Ooops, review is in _Choice_  Nov. 1990 under Reference.  I'm a bit behind
in my selections.
 
Ann E. Miller
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA  22807
FAC_AMIL@JMUVAX1

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