Return To The Forbidden Planet
*ABOUT THE PLAY*
Recipe for a musical: First, take one large helping of the 1954 sci-fi flick, Forbidden Planet, starring Leslie Nielson back when he was playing the type of hero he now mocks for a living. A spaceship crashes-or is it lured?-to the planet home of a mad scientist plagued by a mysterious beast.
Next, distill from that the basics of the plot of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: A mysteriously powerful father, Prospero; a sheltered but oh-so-eager-to-learn beauty of a daughter, Miranda; handsome shipwrecked sailors oh-so-eager-to-teach; a good monster, Ariel; and a bad one, Caliban; jealousy, betrayal, romance.
Season lightly with Freudian theory-the Id, which are the untamed impulses that our Super Ego controls.
Throw in a healthy mix of rock and roll classics, the ones that are fun and easy to sing, particularly, Gloria (which is why in this show Prospero has a wife) . . .
Stir, mix well, lace with iambic pentameter and lots of jokes about being on a ship (thrown in for the original audience of this show–citizens of the UK, who know about boats) and there you have it: Return to the Forbidden Planet, sometimes known as Shakespeare’s Forgotten Rock and Roll Musical.
Sit back, fasten your seatbelt, and enjoy Interplanetary Scientific Survey Nine. And don’t forget the drill-You never know when you may have to reverse polarity.
|Performed August 14-17, 20-24, 2002|
Bosun William…………………. Daniel Daup