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April 26, 2005

To list or not to list, there is no question.
As pale Diana now doth yield to Phoebus,
So would Stage Left fain glide upon the Ether
And take up now the KDHX mantle,
With Chuck Lavazzi, helmsman of our rigger,
His compass set in manner bold for Shakespeare.
On April 23rd was born our Will,
The Bard of Avon whom we honor still.

Alas, the second half of this week's show was from the air untimley ripp'd due to a technology malfunction - hence the abbreviated play list.

PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Movie Preview The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show The Reduced Shakespeare Company Mr. T. IS Othello!
Just Like Romeo and Juliet Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 Michael and the Messengers This is from 1967 if memory serves. There was no actual "Michael" in the group, so members took turns being Michael.
Mystery Dance My Aim is True Elvis Costello Well, it starts with Romeo and Juliet, anyway.
Shakedown A Midsummer Night's Dream Zulma Diaz Puck rejoices in his capacity for mischief. Music and lyrics for this yet-to-be-produced rock musical (loosely based on the Shakespeare comedy) are by George Griggs.
Let's Fall in Love A Midsummer Night's Dream George Griggs, Jim Calder, David Singleton, Joseph R. Holland, III Since it's a rock musical, Bottom the other "mechanicals" have a band instead of a production of "Pyramus and Thisbe". As they play for the Duke's wedding, everybody dances and Puck has the final word.
Oberon and Titania Il Sogno London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas It's back to Elvis Costello, this time as a composer. Il Sogno (The Dream) is the score for a ballet based on A Midsummer Night's Dream. Costello wrote it for the Italian company Alterballetto.
Puck 2 Il Sogno London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas Puck shows his brasher and more spiteful side.
The Face of Bottom Il Sogno London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas Bottom and his fellow players try to rehearse but Puck changes Bottom in to a donkey and everyone scatters.
Balcony Scene - Tonight Leonard Bernstein's New York Audra McDonald, Mandy Patinkin; Orchestra of St. Luke's conducted by Eric Stern From West Side Story (1957) based, of course, on Romeo and Juliet. Interestingly enough, the show was originally to be titled East Side Story and was to concern a Jewish boy's star-crossed romance with an Italian Catholic girl.
Tonight (Quintet and Chorus) West Side Story (OC 1957) Chita Rivera, Larry Kert, Mickey Calin, Carol Lawrence, Company This occurs just before The Rumble, the violent dance sequence that concludes Act I.
Part 1 Shakespeare's Lost Comedie The Firesign Theatre Three Weird Cooks serve up some prophecies to Prince Edmund and the Archbishop of Pflegm; a ghost serves as a plot device; Edmund Edmund is served history's first exploding cigar.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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