The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1786 Monday, 15 September 2003
Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2003 10:40:59 -0400
Subject: Titus! The Musical
There is something in the air:
>Something Bard, Something Ew
>Source's 'Titus' Is Missing a Little Tongue in Cheek
>By Peter Marks
>Washington Post Staff Writer
>Friday, September 12, 2003; Page C04
>Too bad about Lavinia. Just when the role is looking so promising, they
>have to go and cut out her tongue. Tonguelessness presents a significant
>challenge to an actress. But it's even harder, it seems, on a lyricist.
>"Ah ewwwww!" Lavinia, as played by Patricia Hurley, sings in the new
>slice-and-dice rock opera, "Titus! The Musical." "Eorrrrrrrrrr. Ah
>ewwwww!" Budding composers, pay heed: When adapting a baroque bloodbath
>for the musical stage -- a work in which hands are routinely lopped off,
>heads get the ax, infants are stabbed in their swaddling cloths, and
>corpses are sauteed and fed to their mothers -- make sure that the
>defiled, tongueless virgin gets a solo.
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