To bring this topic back round to opera again,
didn't Puccini consider setting Lilliom and then decided against it?
On Fri, 3 Aug 2001 13:00:52 EDT, Wm. L. Clark <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>Discussion of CAROUSEL should touch upon the dark Hungarian (?)play or
>it was based upon which was made into a movie in the 30's...."Lilliom"
>, I think it was. My mother dragged me to the movie in Kansas City when I
>was 9 or 10 years old and it made a deep impression upon me, so much so
>when I saw the original cast R & H in New York in 1943 or 44 I received a
>shock of recognition and an even deeper impression which I have til this
> The genius of R&H was to retain and supplement the dark mystery of the
>original with every attribute of musical "comedy" at their disposal...from
>the "R. Straussian" harmonies of the waltz to the stage sets and lighting.
> Incidentally do they still sing of "splitting the lobsters up the
>back".?.. a line which used to bother my Maine friends. Doesnt bother me.
>"Splitting lobsters up the front" simply doesnt sound right!