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Re: Hamlet! The Musical
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2431  Wednesday, 18 December 2002

[1]     From:   Kristine Batey <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Dec 2002 09:48:11 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2422 Re: Hamlet! The Musical

[2]     From:   Bill Lloyd <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Dec 2002 10:53:46 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2422 Re: Hamlet! The Musical

[3]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Dec 2002 08:46:36 -0800
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From:           Kristine Batey <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 2002 09:48:11 -0600
Subject: 13.2422 Re: Hamlet! The Musical
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2422 Re: Hamlet! The Musical

C. David Frankel wrote:

>For what it's worth, I remember reading the Classics Illustrated Comics
>versions of Macbeth, Midsummer, Romeo and Juliet, and others (and also
>many non-Shakespearean works) when I was much younger than I am now.
>I'm convinced that the wonderful illustrations combined with the
>language helped make me into a reader and a director.

Oh, dear, we're rather off topic here, but out of curiosity--the ones
from the 1960s that got me through so many high school exams? Or the
Marvel ones of 15 or 20 years later (which had much more pizzazz)?

Oddly enough, as an adult I have read and enjoyed all of the "classics"
I avoided in high school, and some others as well, partly because
Classics Illustrated piqued my curiosity. And yes, I still read a lot of
comic books, particularly translations of Japanese manga, as well.

Kristine Batey
Evanston, IL USA

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From:           Bill Lloyd <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 2002 10:53:46 EST
Subject: 13.2422 Re: Hamlet! The Musical
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2422 Re: Hamlet! The Musical

Hi--  I'm surprised no one has mentioned the greatest-ever musical
version of Hamlet, the one on Gilligan's Island. Unfortunately the gang
never gets to finish the performance, but we do get snatches of some of
the major songs. Gilligan as Hamlet "I ask to be or not to be/ that is
the question that I ask of me!" to the tune of some opera air I should
know but don't; and similarly for Polonius: ""Neither a borrower nor a
lender be/ Do not forget/ stay out of debt!" and Ophelia: "Hamlet,
Hamlet/ Do be a lamblet..."

As a kid, my favorite Classics illustrated Shakespeare was Hamlet--very
threatening ghost.

Bill Lloyd

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 2002 08:46:36 -0800
Subject: 13.2422 Re: Hamlet! The Musical
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2422 Re: Hamlet! The Musical

John W. Kennedy added nothing new to my understanding of the
similarities between *Hamlet* and *The Lion King.*  He seems not to have
taken my comment about noting their dissimilarities seriously.  I thank
Doug Lanier for his sensible comments about *Osamu Tezuka's JUNGLE
EMPEROR (KIMBA THE WHITE LION)* as a likely source.   I would be
cautious about citing the *Lion King* press book without consulting it,
but given Doug's reason, it is certainly worth investigating.  Thanks,
Doug, for bringing it to my attention.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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