The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1780 Friday, 12 September 2003
Date: Friday, September 12, 2003
Subject: Titus! The Musical
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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