Monday, October 17, 2005

The Horrors of Musical Comedy

British DJ Fatboy Slim is teaming up with former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne to write a musical, to be released in March of next year. The topic? Former President of the Philipines Imelda Marcos! At last! Something truly innovative, thought provoking, comical, artistically challenging and downright original.

Billed as "a timeless story with more contemporary resonances than are comfortable", it will premiere at Australia's Adelaide Festival.
Here Lies Love will examine Mrs Marcos' passion for music and night clubs.

Ms. Marcos, well known for corruption, shoes and installing a disco in her New York town house, is certainly excellent material for stage performances. Arguably, she staged many throughout her political career.

Let's hope this is just the first in a new wave of political identity musicals that Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) is working on. There are unconfirmed reports that he is also working on "Girlie Men", a celebration of Arnold Schwarzenegger's foray into the realm of American politics. And let's not forget the as net unnamed black comedy centred on Cambodia's famous Pol Pot.

This is a call out to all Australian's: let's hook up some form of mass transit to Adeliade next year and make this sucker the BIGGEST musical to hit Australian shores since the last rendition of Les Miserables. And anyway, the Womad Festival is part of said Adelaide Festival, and we like our music diverse. Yes, yes we do.

Posted by Dave The Hat :: 3:32 PM :: 4 Comments:

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