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zoobyshoe
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Mar2-12, 07:02 AM
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I can't think of one "musical" I enjoy, but I love most of Gilbert and Sullivan. If you aren't familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan, Ivan, I'd recommend their two best , The Mikado, and H.M.S Pinafore.

The music is positively infectious, and the lyrics witty/silly. They are peopled by 3 dimensional characters trying to inhabit a 2 dimensional world of stereotypes demanded by society and tradition, and the plots revolve around the logical paradoxes that situation inevitably creates.

I looked a bit and can't find a performance YouTube that does them justice. The classic D'Oyley Cart recordings are audio only:




A British tar is a soaring soul,
As free as a mountain bird,
His energetic fist should be ready to resist
A dictatorial word.

His nose should pant
and his lip should curl,
His cheeks should flame
and his brow should furl,
His bosom should heave
and his heart should glow,
And his fist be ever ready
for a knock-down blow.

His eyes should flash with an inborn fire,
His brow with scorn be wrung;
He never should bow down
to a domineering frown,
Or the tang of a tyrant tongue.

His foot should stamp, and his throat should growl,
His hair should twirl, and his face should scowl;
His eyes should flash, and his breast protrude,
And this should be his customary attitude.