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Shakespeare and Sinatra
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0092  Wednesday, 14 January 2004

[1]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 12:02:38 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra

[2]     From:   Michael Egan <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 06:11:17 -1000
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[3]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 12:51:52 -0500
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[4]     From:   Whitt Brantley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 13:53:23 EST
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[5]     From:   Dominica Borg <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 16:17:51 -0500
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[6]     From:   Deborah Selden <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 17:03:06 -0600
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 19:05:50 -0700
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[8]     From:   Richard Nathan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2004 02:21:40 +0000
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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 12:02:38 -0000
Subject: 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra

"Strangers in the Night" could almost be the subtitle for King Lear!

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From:           Michael Egan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 06:11:17 -1000
Subject: 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra

Elizabeth Taylor once called Richard Burton 'the Sinatra of Shakespeare.'

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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 12:51:52 -0500
Subject: Shakespeare and Sinatra
Comment:        SHK 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra

Frank Sinatra has recorded an excellent version of the song 'Darn That
Dream' with the Nelson Riddle orchestra.  This was the (only) hit number
in a musical extravaganza based on  a 'Midsummer Night's Dream' and
produced in 1939 at the now defunct Center Theatre in New York .  Called
'Swinging The Dream', it featured the talents of the Benny Goodman
sextet, together with Bud Freeman's Summa Cum Laude orchestra. Art work
was by Walt Disney.  The huge cast included Dorothy Dandridge and
Dorothy McGuire. Maxine Sullivan played Titania, 'Queen of the Pixies'.
Bottom, improbably, was played by Louis Armstrong, dressed,
unaccountably, as a fireman. The show closed after thirteen performances
with a reported loss of nearly $100,000.

T. Hawkes

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From:           Whitt Brantley
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 13:53:23 EST
Subject: 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra

To do is to be - Socrates

To be is to do - Plato

To be or not to be...Shakespeare

Do be do be do - Sinatra

Whitt Brantley

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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 16:17:51 -0500
Subject: 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra

Steve --

I am happy to tell you that you can kill two birds with one stone by
discussing Declan Donnellan's acclaimed 1986 production of Twelfth Night
at London's Donmar Warehouse.  In the scene in which Maria, Sir Andrew
and Sir Toby are carousing, it is their loud and drunken rendition of
"My Way" that finally rouses Malvolio.

Cheers!
Dominica Borg
Department of Theater
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 17:03:06 -0600
Subject: 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra

Stephen:

You could discuss Old Blue Eyes' rendition of "The Lady is a Tramp" and
anti- Petarchanism in Sonnet 130 - "My mistress' eyes are nothing like
the Sun"?

Or you could talk about Shakespeare's perception of time (in the plays
and the sonnets) and "It Was a Very Good Year?"

Just a thought ~

Cheers,
Deborah Selden

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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Jan 2004 19:05:50 -0700
Subject: 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra

 >Can anyone suggest songs, movies, or anything else by or
 >involving Sinatra or his associates that have a Shakespeare reference or
 >other connection?

The idea intrigued me so I did a quick search and found these tidbits:

A version of Much Ado starring the 'Rat Pack'
http://www.goldstarevents.com/events/event/226.html

and seemingly another Much Ado set in the 50's using Sinatra music
http://www.shakespeare.org/perf/2003/muchado.htm

I found this poem which links the two at
http://www.billyshakespeare.com/sonnets.htm

What Would Sinatra Have To Say About That?

If I sang like Frank Sinatra
Would you love me even better
Or if I wrote like Shakespeare
Sending sonnets in every letter
If I were slightly taller
And filled a movie screen
Would I be in your fantasies
And every waking dream
If I were with you now
Would I still be on your mind
Would I be there right beside you
Or following close behind
If I sang like Frank Sinatra
Would it matter at all to you
Would the time we have and moments shared
Always be too few
I only ask because I hear
Such music when we part
It seems to keep in perfect rhythm
With the beating of your heart

Tom Barton's ideas of what to be thankful for, links Shakespeare,
Sinatra and Spielberg
http://www.savannahnow.com/stories/112702/OPEDopedbarton.shtml

They are both included on a website of famous wills (as in last will and
testament)
http://www.taxlawyers.com.au/FamousWills.htm

Frank sang a song, with Rosemary Clooney, with a lyric about
Shakespeare, and another line about Romeo
http://www.songlyrics.com/song-lyrics/Frank_Sinatra/Miscellaneous/Cherry_Pies_Ought_To_Be_You/124552.html

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From:           Richard Nathan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Jan 2004 02:21:40 +0000
Subject: 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0079 Shakespeare and Sinatra

Steve Cohen ax ked for Sinatra songs that might have a Shakespeare
reference.

I suppose a discussion of the "Willow Song" from Othello could somehow
lead into playing "Willow Weep For Me" - although the Sinatra song is
just a generic reference to the weeping willow tree, rather than a
reference to Shakespeare.

Any discussion of Hamlet's melancholy can be used as an into into
Sinatra's  torch songs, such as "One For My Baby, And One For The Road."

The many references to preserving the heroine's virginity, such as
Hermia's request that Lysander lie further off, could lead into "Let's
Take It Nice And Easy."

Richard Nathan

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