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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sarah Palin: The Opera

Speaking of whacky musicals...

“Say It Ain’t So, Joe,” a presentation by Guerilla Opera, opens Saturday at Boston Conservatory’s Zack Box Theater. The work is composer Curtis Hughes’ musical take on America’s favorite moose-hunting winker, you betcha. It focuses on that contentious - and sometimes comical - debate from October 2008 between Palin and Joe Biden, though the show also includes cameos from Hillary Clinton, Gwen Ifill, Diane Sawyer and, of course, the right-wing’s favorite Everyman, Joe the Plumber.


Hughes describes “Say It Ain’t So, Joe” as a light tragedy. “It is a tragedy about Palin,” he said. “Both characters view themselves as saviors of America. And even though I’m not trying to hammer people on the head with a single interpretation, you know that Biden will triumph in the end. But the central figure certainly is Sarah Palin. I found myself having this odd pathos for her, a pathos I would not have felt if I were not writing music for her.”
Not to be confused with Albert Gonzales: The Opera.

Gotta say this about the Bush years: it's given artists lots of frighteningly hilarious "found text."


Anonymous said...

Here's a review of the Sarah Palin opera.

AliOx said...

Here is an NPR story on the 2008 VP opera. It’s really interesting what the composer did.

Anonymous said...

Another opera is needed. To align with the classic opera canon, the libretto really should be about the Bristol / Levi / Sarah / Todd melodrama.

--Bristol, soprano (nutso). Mad scene, etc.

--Sarah, dramatic soprano (bitch). Lots of scenery-chewing arias.

--Levi, tenor (goofball)

--Todd, baritone (dumbass)

--Together with ensembles, with Trig and Trak and Tripp and Trog, etc. It's a natural.

Doria said...

You can pre-order a digital download or CD recording of the Sarah Palin opera "Say It Aint So, Joe" here:

There is also a great video montage of clips taken from the live performances of 2009!