A little glimpse into my evening at home: Wife and I realize that “Don’t Forget The Lyrics”, a show we used to watch, is back for the summer with celebrity editions. This time it’s Meatloaf and his daughter. Cool. My wife during the course of the show will ask, “Is he married to her mom?” which causes me to hit up Wikipedia and find the answer.
Lo and behold what else do I find? That Meatloaf, he of “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”, was actually in a Hamlet Musical called “Rockabye Hamlet.” I knew he was well trained, and did some time in As You Like It. But a Hamlet musical?
Sure enough, the link above speaks to a recent revival of the 1976 flop. But read the comments, people who saw it say the loved it:
The original was a trip is all I can say. It was ******* amazing
A than unknown Meatloaf, Beverly D Angelo & others performed the hell out of it.
I am trying desperately to find an audio recording.
Then again: http://www.musicals101.com/1970bway1.htm
List of songs: http://www.ibdb.com/ProductionSongs.aspx?ShowNo=7578&ProdNo=3790
Rockabye Hamlet (1976 - 7) was the most embarrassing nail in the rock musical's coffin. It was based on Shakespeare's classic drama about a fictional Danish prince avenging his royal father's death. Director Gower Champion staged the show like an all-out rock concert, and the result was such an incoherent mess that many found it hard to believe that Champion could have been responsible for it.
He Got It In The Ear???