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"Romeo and Juliet, The Musical"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2323  Friday, 22 November 2002

From:           Richard Nathan <
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Date:           Thursday, 21 Nov 2002 02:10:30 +0000
Subject:        "Romeo and Juliet, The Musical"

VARIETY recently review a production of "Romeo And Juliet, the Musical"
which is playing at the Piccadilly Theater in London.  Here is the
opening paragraph of VARIETY's review:  "The really bad British musical
- a unique phenomenon, as veterans of the unforgettable likes of "Which
Witch,"  "Bernadette" and "Lautrec," among many others, will know -
resurfaces with a vengeance in "Romeo and Juliet, the Musical," an
Anglicized French import of such mind-numbing ineptitude that one only
wishes it were that little bit worse so that it could qualify as a camp
classic.  No such luck.  Having spawned countless ballets, various films
and at least two remarkable operas, Shakespeare's play here succumbs to
the reductio ad absurdum of (mostly) throughsung Euroshlock that
delivers its own sonorous epitaph right near the start:  'If you think
you've seen it all,' we are told, 'then you had better think again.' "

Can anyone from London shed more light on this subject?

Richard Nathan

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