Talk:Two Gentlemen of Verona (musical)
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Can someone figure out how to work in these quotes from a critic's review?
R. W. Stiles. "Light Opera Review: 'Two Gentlemen': Shakespeare in Rock," Pasadena Star-News, May 13, 1973.
"Shakespeare's play, in the swinging Rock adaptation by John Guare, Mel Shapiro and composer Galt MacDermot,becomes an indefinable hodgepodge of Shakespeare ..., Burlesque and Vaudeville, "Hair" and a take-off on almost everything else in recent American folklore, from Carmen Miranda to Richard (Watergate) Nixon."
"Certainly 'Two Gentlemen' owes as much to 'Hair' as it does to "Shakespeare (Composer MacDermot wrote the music for both), The original play was 'not one of the Bard's best, anyway. What Guare and Co have done is 'metamorphose' Shakespeare into a put-on which could be set in any modern city, with Blacks and Whites (Miss Allen and Davis are Black, the other two leads, Stockard Channing (Julia) and Larry Kert (Proteus, are not) as well as Orientals, Puerto Ricans, even a touch of Yiddish in veteran comic Phil Leeds as Launce. This is ethnic Shakespeare, set to a Rock beat."
... "Though bawdy's the word, Two Gentlemen of Verona in its Rock version stays in the bounds of good taste, with the possible exception of Julia's "Don't Have the Baby." Ming Cho Lee's sets, though contemporary Safway Scaffold, provide the necessary mobility and multi-levels. The costumes of Theoni Aldredge and Dennis Mahal's choreography are stunning. Producer Joseph Papp, whose courage and foresight brought Two Gentlemen from the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival to Broadway, is to be cheered for sending us a way-out Western production of a rousing, rocking updated Shakespearean put-on."