Some Great Ideas For Musicals Crossed With Operas

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A reader named Stephen Finch feels Porgy and Bess has been turned into a "light-hearted musical" -- he's using hyperbole -- so he wants to do the reverse and turn some light musicals into heavy operas.

His ideas are scarily good:


Aida Get Your Gun

"A beautiful Egyptian sharpshooting slavegirl must choose between the affections of a handsome camelboy or mummification. After drinking tainted scotch, she accidentally shoots herself in the foot and dies from lead poisoning.

"Six hours long, bring a pillow."


Catsenjammerung

"A psychological 18-hour death march into the boughs of purgatory, witnessing the termites of hell gnawing at the very underbelly of fright and decay, as told through the eyes of some very cuddly dancing kittens. Based on the poetry of T.S. Himler.

"17 hours 30 minutes long with intermission."


Sunday in the Park With Faust

"The Prince of Darkness reappears, this time as a brilliant young angst ridden impressionistic artist in 19th century Paris. ... He has a brief affair with a wolf, then commits suicide so he can go back to Hell and visit his sick Aunt Hexibah, only to mistakenly end up at the Pearly Gates.

"5 hours and counting."


And furthermore ...

Thoroughly Modern Mephistopheles

Paint Your Wagner

Five Guys Named Mozart

Damn Valkyries

and that immortal classic ...

You're a Good Man Oedipus Rex

Take it away, Broadway!



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12 comments
Muscato
Muscato

A Little Queen of the Night Music?

The King and I Puritani?  (yeah, I know the pronunciation doesn't work...)

The Demon Barber of Seville?

Turandot Re Mi?

Oh, Tello!?

.. and the list goes on...

G56whiz
G56whiz

How about The Merry Wozzeck or Lulu and the Tramp.

nostradavid
nostradavid

Salome's Hairsprayby Oscar Wilde, Richard Strauss & John Waters

MSpeer
MSpeer

How about Hello, Tosca!

Timmee
Timmee

Figaro on the Roof

Movielover
Movielover

These sound good!  I saw the recent Porgy and think it is heavy enough!  Had never seen the play or even read it, but I was familiar with gorgeous recordings of some of the music by Aretha Franklin, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand to expect at least beautiful singing.  Was disappointed!  The music was incidental and not glorious and the story was...heavy.

Deev
Deev

How about The Gaga of Seville?

Ick
Ick

My faves are Catsenjammerung and Paint Your Wagner!

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