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Re: Shakespeare Songs and Musicals
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0124.  Tuesday, 21 February 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Sarah Cave <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Feb 1995 09:16:51 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0122  Re: Shakespeare Songs and Musicals
 
(2)     From:   Nick Clary <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Feb 1995 09:35:57 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Rock Hamlet
 
(3)     From:   Greg Grainger <
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        Date:   Monday, 20 Feb 1995 11:06:58 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0122  Re: Shakespeare Songs and Musicals
 
 
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From:           Sarah Cave <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Feb 1995 09:16:51 EST
Subject: 6.0122  Re: Shakespeare Songs and Musicals
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0122  Re: Shakespeare Songs and Musicals
 
The Atlanta area is fortunate enough to house composer Bo Ketchin, whose Songs
of Shakespeare are available on CD. The disc contains music from A Midsummer
Night's Dream, As You Like It, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and lovely
instrumental pieces for Romeo and Juliet.
 
If anyone is interested, please let me know and I will be happy to put you in
contact with the composer..
 
Sincerely,
Sarah Cave
 
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From:           Nick Clary <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Feb 1995 09:35:57 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Rock Hamlet
 
Bernice,
 
This may not be the one you have in mind, but the rock HAMLET that I remember
from that decade was the Papp version, called "William Shakespeare's 'Naked'
HAMLET."  It was included in the New York Shakespeare Festival, 1968.  The
production, with rock music by Galt MacDermont, opened in the Anspacher Theater
in later December 1967 and continued into early 1968, to a barage of scathing
reviews.  This *Hamlet* originated in New Haven in connection with his teaching
of a Play Production course as an Adjunct Professor at the Yale Drama School
 
The Production Handbook was published by Macmillan in 1969.  Martin Sheen
played Hamlet and Ralph Wait played Claudius (*Apocalypse Now* meets *The
Waltons*?).  Cleavon Little replaced Sheen in the title role when the play
opened March 4 at the Anspacher for school audiences.
 
If there was another one (aside from its re-incarnation , I'd like to know more
about it.
 
I'd have sent this reply more personally, Bernice, but I thought others might
be interested in the Papp version even if it isn't the one you have in mind.
 
 
Your friend,
Nick Clary
 
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From:           Greg Grainger <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Feb 1995 11:06:58 -0500
Subject: 6.0122  Re: Shakespeare Songs and Musicals
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0122  Re: Shakespeare Songs and Musicals
 
If it's [Rock *Hamlet*] the same one I'm thinking of, it was called 'Elsinore
1492' or some-such. It was written by Cliff Jones, who also wrote the
(execrable) musical version of the life of Marilyn Monroe called 'Hey,
Marilyn'. There was another musical version of Hamlet called 'Rock-a-Bye
Hamlet'. It sticks in my head that this was another Cliff Jones effort,
possibly an altered or updated [sic] version of his earlier work.
 
Greg Grainger

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