The Kid represents the occasionally capricious middle-class puppets of the extremely wealthy, the Bully seems to represent the rise of military dictatorships after the apparent overthrow of the ruling classes, the Girl shows how personal feelings for other people can draw people into unwinnable battles, and the Negro – perhaps most blatantly of all – represents how the end of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement in the USA should be used as an example of the fight for freedom for workers the world over. Welcome to my blog. ( Log Out / August 2017 November 2017 Any suggestions for future subjects most welcome. Thoughtful blog must read more. The fact that both Cocky AND Sir are mistrustful and indeed openly racist toward the Negro is a satire of white bigotry even among the same working classes who should have been showing solidarity with the similarly oppressed. Because whilst this hallucinogenic whirlwind may have worked in the psychedelic 1960s today I can’t get away from the fact that in its outlandish absurdity this musical has become a true theatrical oddity. r/AskReddit is the place to ask and answer thought-provoking questions. Some of my colleagues have inferred that this tortured process is a comment on class (and Wikipedia certainly seems to think so). As we see one man constantly testing and beating another, the question does not seem to be one of social power but ‘if Samuel Beckett were to knock off a musical version of Waiting For Godot what would it be like?’ And what a frankly incomprehensible answer Bricusse and Newley have come up with. I haven’t been disrespectful to the creative team – I questioned the sense behind the show but was actually very respectful of the creatives, whom I quoted as having proven musical theatre pedigree. Whereas ‘Waiting For Godot’ is principally about man’s vain expectation that he’ll discover the meaning of life, ‘Roar of the Greasepaint’ is a deeply political class commentary about how futile it is for the poor to try and beat the rich at their own game (capitalism). “instead I’ve felt energised” – energised to be, do, what? July 2013 Interesting thoughts on ROAR and I guess – paraphrasing the famous line ‘one would have to have been around in the sixties not to understand what was going on.’ Perhaps what ROAR needs is an Michael Grandage/Derek Jacobi – style exploration of the sub-text as they did for ‘Lear’. TODAY, sport remains a game in name only. November 2015 Have any shows ever done that to you? Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roar_of_the_Greasepaint_%E2%80%93_The_Smell_of_the_Crowd. February 2018
Free Online Library: Roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd? July 2017 “Feeling Good” was originally written by Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse and its first performer, Cy Grant. A musical. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Roar_of_the_Greasepaint_%E2%80%93_The_Smell_of_the_Crowd. February 2015 Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Article excerpt. by "Queen's Quarterly"; Arts, visual and performing Literature, writing, book reviews Sports Beliefs, opinions and attitudes The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd; a compendium of theatrical curiosity. October 2016 September 2013 A compendium of these experiences seems to call out to be documented, something with metaphorical jars that is suitably Hunterian, and yes I realise there’s something fittingly odd about that whole idea in itself…. June 2019 All thoughts – as you say – to be taken with a pinch of Maldon. What they do have in common, however, is a non-naturalistic, allegorical style (the ‘outlandish absurdity’ to which you refer), which should bring into even sharper relief the fact that it’s metaphorical. September 2014 Completely different subject matter. The Roar Of The Greasepaint – The Smell Of The Crow, The Roar of the Greaspaint The Smell of the Crowd, Fringe Focus: The joy of theatrical box-sets, I just bought 20 of these beautiful Christmas cards - this year when we can’t see each other let’s send a bit of ho…. THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT – PART TWENTY-FOUR. Will the Olympics Become More and More a Marketer's Emporium? Roger Kuin, stumbling webmaster and lifelong admirer of Morgan's writing.
Note: This is not a review, I didn’t see enough of it to be a review – if you did see enough to disagree with me please let me know.
Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd? The potent mix of Newley and Bricusse just gave it all a head start and sadly no proper UK production that was able to bring out the introspection and underlying themes in the show was ever done. June 2015 What would you call a theatrical oddity and why? June 2013, CM in The Times office after a first night, The roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd. But this whirligig production of cackling choral clowns, apocalyptic circus environments, Victorian blonde visions and ‘Negro’ saviours is so bizarre any such comment surely gets lost in an out of control music hall analogy. Press J to jump to the feed. Some were minimally organized, put together by well-meaning but clueless volunteers; more … Just what led the estimable Ian Judge to produce it? July 2014 Tag Archives: Roar of the Greasepaint Smell of the Crowd.
November 2014 This was intended as a place where I published work that was both finished and in progress. Each one of the songs and plot points offers a different comment on the means by which the bourgeoisie deceives or forces the proletariat into remaining subordinate, whether it’s flattery (‘Look at that Face’), superstition (‘It Isn’t Enough’), false equality (when Cocky is given a ‘crown’ made of a chamberpot and treated obsequiously by Sir and his followers, yet still made to play the game), or a sense of dependency (‘Where Would You Be Without Me’).
The roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd. August 2013 Posted on June 5, 2020 by theresakp. This isn’t the first reflection on ‘Roar of the Greasepaint’ I’ve seen that doesn’t seem to understand what it’s about. June 2014 We watch with increasingly shuffling confusion as a strange game of life is played between master (Sir) and servant (Cocky), with arbitrary rules weighted against the poorer of the two men.
It’s not bad because the songs aren’t bad, and the performances aren’t bad and yet the story doesn’t make sense, the choices are too outlandish: the arrow has well and truly missed. (and other sports issues). New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Points well made Al and very spot on and I have passed them on to Leslie Bricusse & Gillian Lynne. With clown urchins, the battle of a tramp and a gentleman crook and some kind of dream fairy, 1960s musical giants Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley went existential. December 2013 December 2017 Jun 5. It appeared on her album I Put a Spell on You. An attempt to understand it as a conventional narrative with realistic characters, as you seem to have done, is to utterly miss the point. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. July 2019 His book (1925), titled "The Roar of the Crowd".
Please have a nosey and let me know what you think - there are reviews and interviews galore and even a couple of pieces of independent thought. Completely different subject matter. Explain please. Whereas ‘Waiting For Godot’ is principally about man’s vain expectation that he’ll discover the meaning of life, ‘Roar of the Greasepaint’ is a deeply political class commentary about how futile it is for the poor to try and beat the rich at their own game (capitalism). It might have been different if the Royal Court had done musicals. March 2018 So how you can write with such conviction about how you disliked the piece, I don’t really know, you lose validity this way – indeed your apparent ‘knowledge’ of the ‘Negro saviour’ as you put it who only appears in the second half demonstrates this perfectly – by all means, you’re entitled to your view, but being so definitive about something you didn’t see the entirety of is ultimately disrespectful to the creative team and a disingenuous exercise for yourself in trying to find something to say. Standard . January 2014
( Log Out / July 2016 May 2014 Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. But where did that phrase come from?
Dramatic Critic: Selected Reviews (1922-1939) by Charles Morgan, ed. 29/9/2013 CM in The Times office after a first night. Here at least it seems to be that whilst all the ingredients in the pot are right, with Bricusse and Newley, Judge and designer Tim Goodchild all being names that are synonymous with quality musical theatre, the result was just wrong. In looking up references to the term in songs, all I could find was the Broadway hit "The roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd", which is a twisting of the phrase, "The smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd.". April 2018
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