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Re: Shakespeare and Sullivan
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0848  Monday, 16 April 2001

[1]     From:   Ann Carrigan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 Apr 2001 19:48:40 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0828 Shakespeare and Sullivan

[2]     From:   Gary Allen <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 11 Apr 2001 20:58:34 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0828 Shakespeare and Sullivan


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From:           Ann Carrigan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 11 Apr 2001 19:48:40 EDT
Subject: 12.0828 Shakespeare and Sullivan
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0828 Shakespeare and Sullivan

Don Bloom wrote:

>I haven't thought about this in quite a while, but I am old enough to
>remember the Ed Sullivan Show and to have vague memories of actors
>performing bits of WS on the air. My best memory is of someone
>(Olivier?) doing Lear's speech as he carries the body of the dead
>Cordelia ("Howl!  howl! howl! . . ."). I also seem to recall the same or
>another actor doing Othello ("Put out the light . . ."). An interesting
>feature was the actor sitting at a table on stage beforehand and talking
>about the scene while he put on his make-up. (Perhaps this last was the
>inspiration for Wasserman's use of the idea in "Man of La Mancha".)

Don, I don't know about the Sullivan show tapes, but about three years
ago when I was in L.A., I spent part of an afternoon at the Museum of TV
and Radio (there's one in New York as well). One can pick a few tapes
out of a computer catalog, submit them as requests, and then see them at
a small workstation.  Among other things I was eager to see an episode
of The Steve Allen Show, and I managed to pick one which had Sammy
Davis, Jr. and Orson Welles on as guests. It was fabulous...the three
men together with opening banter, Welles doing magic tricks, Sammy and
his uncle and father dancing, then later he was back doing a medley of
spot-on celebrity  impersonations in song that made me think immediately
of my friend Wayne Brady. Finally, Orson comes out again, and at a
dressing-table verbally sets up the Shylock scene in MoV while applying
his own makeup. Then, he stands, and does the soliloquy. It was
amazing...and all, apparently, live.

I may be able to locate the item number for the MTR if you could get
there to see it -- they don't sell copies -- but if I can't, the
combination of those two guests should do it for you. It's worth a stop
if you're close by.

I'm not sure if that matches your memory, or whether both shows employed
the same technique. In which case, I would wonder which came first?  I
found edsullivan.com but it wasn't very informative.  I hope to find out
what you learned if it's not posted publicly.

Peace and joy,
Ann

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Date:           Wednesday, 11 Apr 2001 20:58:34 EDT
Subject: 12.0828 Shakespeare and Sullivan
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0828 Shakespeare and Sullivan

Don Bloom asks:

<My question is this: do the kines for the Sullivan Show still exist so
<that these [Shakespeare monologues] could be recovered?

Tapes of "The Ed Sullivan Show" survive at least in part, as there are
commercially available anthologies organized by theme, such as Christmas
numbers, opera arias, pop singers, etc.  And since Kulchur Video has
presented the opera excerpts, it seems likely that with a little
encouragement they would also make available the Shakespeare bits.

Gary

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