Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Operamania 101: A Three Hour Tour

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip...

When I was in grade school, I used to run home after school to watch re-runs of the ultimate trifecta in comedies: Happy Days, Three's Company and Gilligan's Island.

I especially enjoyed the absurd antics of the seven castaways who had packed way too much for a 3 hour pleasure cruise, who seemed to enjoy a never-ending supply of coconut or banana cream pies and of how the professor can build anything yet didn't come up with a way to construct a raft to get off the island.

The episode, The Producer, was selected by TV Guide as one of the 100 greatest tv episodes of all time. In the episode, the castaways try to impress a Hollywood producer by performing Hamlet, set to Bizet's Habanera and Toreador from Carmen, as well as Offenbach's Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman.

Below, the real mccoy. A triple whammy treat for your Wednesday's Operamania 101.

Although watching Gilligan's Island required you to check your brain at the door, it was a show enjoyed by millions and as it's found a place in syndication, future generations can learn of Shakespeare, Bizet and Offenbach as children.

Now that it's all coming back to you, I dare you not to sing Hamlet's "soliliquy" to Habanera. Ear worm, much?

~ Ling Chan

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