Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Long time readers may remember the intrepid explorations of musicals a la Fatboy Slim some time last year. Well, in news fresh from Yahoo Entertainment, it would appear that lovers of Greek tragedy and urban music everywhere will enjoy the marriage of the two in a new musical called "The Seven."

A quick plot synopsis reveals that Oedipus, the legendary Greek king who killed his father and married his mother, was "the original gangsta" and a "mack daddy" who looked like James Brown.

"The Seven" is an updated version of Aeschylus's tragedy "Seven Against Thebes," the story of the two sons of Oedipus who take up arms against each other after he curses them.
Yep, sounds pretty 'gangsta' to me. Young rappers will rhyme over any backing these days...The musical numbers supposedly feature hop-hop, 1970s funk, R&B, gospel and blues...while the reviewer believes that Oedipus has a distinct air of James Brown.

Though wait a minute parents! The play is also educational!

The program for the play includes a glossary explaining that "mack daddy" is slang for "a pimp; or a man who is popular with the ladies," and that Homer was the author of epic poems "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" before he became a cartoon character on "The Simpsons."

Narrated by a DJ and with flashbacks to the legend of Oedipus for the benefit of those not familiar with Greek mythology, the play has won good reviews since opening this month at a 188-seat off-Broadway theater. The fast-paced script mixes gags about Trojans (ancient people and condoms) and Apollo (a Greek deity and a Harlem concert hall) with serious moments such as when the fearful people of Thebes lament the war about to engulf their city.

So I thought it only appropriate to post pictures of the original and the greatest Mack Daddy in Slick Rick. Oh, and the classic engraving below him is Oedipus and The Sphinx. Just in case you were confused.

Ahh, hip hop theatre. How much do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

Posted by Dave The Hat :: 2:19 PM :: 0 Comments:

Post / Read Comments