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Monday, December 19, 2005

Signs of the Apocolypse

Joining such visionaries as Billy Joel, Elvis, and Abba, Bob Dylan is apparently to be immortalized on broadway in a jukebox musical. This from the New York Times:

"The Times They Are a-Changin'," a new musical headed for Broadway, directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp based on songs by Bob Dylan, will be about a low-rent traveling circus run by one Captain Arab and the longings of his son, Coyote, for the world outside the family business, according to a tantalizingly brief announcement by the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, where the show is to have its world premiere next month. Another character in the show is Cleo, a young animal trainer in the circus who is exploited by Captain Arab but loved by his son. Dylan fans' ears will perk up at the references to the songs "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" ("I yelled for Captain Arab/ I have yuh understand") and "Ballad of Hollis Brown" ("Way out in the wilderness/ A cold coyote calls"), but no other details of the plot were revealed. The show is to star Michael Arden ("Big River") as Coyote, Jenn Colella ("Urban Cowboy") as Cleo, and Paul Kandel ("The Who's Tommy," "Titanic") as Captain Arab. It begins Jan. 25 and runs through March 5.

Does this make anyone else nervous? Coupled with the Starbucks cross-promotions, I cannot escape that sinking, stripmall feeling...

Which is worse, though: Dylan softshoe or this disconcerting movement?


Blogger Quinn Skylark said...

Did you hear about the movie version of "Desolation Row?" Willem Dafoe plays Dr. Filth; Leonardo DiCaprio plays Romeo; Kirsten Dunst plays Cinderella; and Lindsey Lohan plays Ophelia. Through the miracle of digital cinematography, Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot play themselves. Dylan has a cameo as Albert Einstein who appears in a crucial scene disguised as Robin Hood.

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