For Sue Harris, MTF in Elmira and
"Johnston, Marjorie" <[log in to unmask]> in Chicago
A quite clever musical written by members of the Red Clay Ramblers,
"Life on the Mississippi," was performed by them in Chapel Hill, NC
concert version and as a full stage musical by The Playmakers Theatre
shortly before Big River hit Broadway. Soon after, I co-directed and
at The Julian Theatre in San Francisco to pretty hot reviews and pleased
public. But the Ramblers own the music, and I think their music
Chicago-based. (does Flying Fish Records ring a bell?) It's as American
as a musical can be.
(I'll look for them also)
It's true to the book in words and spirit, with a jazzy bluegrass feel
music by Tommy Thompson and Bland Simpson (both Ramblers). Lovely and
tunes -- "Try as I might, I can't seem to get things right, Life's a
me...", "Mumble-d-Peg" (rap /pre-rap), and "You got to get this river by
-- I've been singing them all since your message came.
If you find them before I do, tell them I sent you. The U of NC English
Drama program should know where they're living now.
Sue Harris wrote:
> We had a Mark Twain Musical that was performed for quite a few years here
> in Elmira. Don't know if there was ever a video made of that professionally
> or not. Someone like Gretchen Sharlow may be able to help you with that.
> I saw the performance four times and although it was changed somewhat each
> time, it was always wonderful.
> Sue Harris
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Johnston, Marjorie" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2004 4:33 PM
> Subject: Twain lyrics
> > The Chicago Symphony Singers are programming some American sets, and we
> > would be interested=20
> > in any Mark Twain texts that have been set to music (choral, solo, or
> > small vocal ensemble). Thanks
> > for any help you can give.
> > =20
> > Margie
> > =20
> > Marjorie Johnston
> > Music Librarian
> > Chicago Symphony Chorus
> > 312-294-3423 fax 312-294-3234
> > =20