Midway through my journey through the Slough of Despond, I came across two things that amused me greatly:
1) Dmitri Shostakovich, when not composing music I find incomprehensible, wrote an opera called The Nose
. It's the story
of a Russian man whose nose spontaneously abandons his face, and won't come back. The nose talks, and competes with its former face for jobs. In the end, for no real explicable reason, the nose is miraculously re-attached and life goes on as normal. (This, according to the Young Person's Guide to Opera
, wins the title of "Most Bizarre Plot Ever Used in Opera" or something of a similar nature.)
2) Star Wars, the Musical
. You knew it was out there, somewhere.
TARKIN: I get my kicks from killing people,
I love to see their bodies fry.
I built the Death Star by myself;
it's invincible, I'll never die!
HAN: Hey now, Chewie - this money can save my butt!
CHORUS: Go Solo! Go Han Solo!
HAN: We're gonna get enough to pay off Jabba the Hutt!
Ah, musical theatre, how I love thee.
UPDATE: A search for Google on "star wars musical" (sans quotes) revealed an entirely different musical
. This one has MP3s.
"Darth Vader - dark Darth Vader -
dark lord of the Sith.
Darth Vader - dark Darth Vader -
this guy isn't a myth."
"Do you speak Bocce?
Do you speak Bocce -
not Splocce, not Blocce,
Do you speak Bocce?
Do you speak Bocce?"
I'm sure there are more out there, especially if we count collections of fan parodies, in the mix as well. I'll look for them later when I have a bit of spare time.