Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Children are Maggots.

When I first started dating Mr. Floozy oh so long ago in that beautiful era of grunge and tucked-in polo shirts, we had our first very serious conversation on the first date. It was about musicals. I loved musicals and Mr. Floozy abhorred them. I was in shock. What sort of heartless bastard hated musicals!? They're kicky and fun and full of improbable dance numbers and men who in real life are gay but who pretend to be straight for just a few minutes to win the love of the singing babe. And it all happens on stage for everyone to see. What is there not to love? Well, lots of things, according to Mr. Floozy. Maybe it has something to do with him being a talented songwriter and pianist.

Actually, Mr. Floozy likes two musical -- Chess and The Music Man. Those are the only two exceptions. When I want to make my husband cry, I belt out show tunes. It is my best defense mechanism. 

Over the years, my love for musicals has faded. They really did begin to sound tinny and predictable to me, too. There will always be a part of me that loves musicals. Even the truly horrible ones like The Phantom of the Opera and Cats. Just kidding. I always hated Cats. 

When we were planning our trip to London, I mentioned that there was one musical that I was dying to see -- Matilda -- based on the classic book by Roald Dahl, and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. TIM MINCHIN. Tim Minchin -- Australian comedian slash musician -- is one of my favorite entertainers. His song 'Prejudice' is a family fave because of all the 'gingers' that live in the Floozy household. So, Mr. Floozy said, OKAY, I will go to a musical with you because I love you and really don't' want you to start singing showtunes in a screechy Bernadette Peters voice until you get your way. I didn't buy tickets beforehand because we wouldn't know Mr. Floozy's work schedule until we were in London for a few days. (Mr. Floozy was there for work and I was there for fun.) As soon as we were sure that he had Friday night off, I walked around London until I serendipitously found a discount theatre ticket booth. The nice lady told me that Matilda was sold out, but mollified me by calling the box office 'just in case.' And guess what. We got tickets. Two tickets were miraculously available. I took it as a sign that I should embrace the cheesiness of musicals once again in my life.

And Matilda was great! So funny. The man who played Trunchbull was hysterical. Lookie.



They were selling t-shirts out by the snack bar that read, 'Children are Maggots.' At some point in the play, it is revealed that the children's school's motto is Bambinatum est Maggitum, which is fake-funny Latin for 'Children are Maggots.' (Even though I used to be a Latin major, my Latin is shot, so I asked my cool bro-in-law who is a Classics professor to confirm that it was fake-funny Latin and not real Latin.) 

It was too stitchable of a phrase to resist. This would be cute in a baby's nursery, don't you think?

BAMBINATUM
EST
MAGGITUM
Children are maggots.
 

Mr. Floozy enjoyed Matilda as well, but made sure that I knew that he still did not approve of musicals in general. 

I am thinking of subjecting him to another musical soon. What are your recommendations? Don't say Cats.

13 comments:

  1. I'm with Mr Floozy. I just can't see the point of musicals. I don't have one to recommend, but I'd avoid Les Miserables if I were you.

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    1. I have forbidden him from watching Les Miz. It would kill him.

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  2. Well lets see... I've seen Cats, Beauty and the Beast, Jekyll & Hyde, Spamalot, and Mamma Mia. I quite liked the last two.

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    1. We almost went to Spamalot the next day, but didn't really have time. I think he'd be okay with a Monty Python musical.

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  3. You mean, besides, "The Book of Mormon"?

    I LOVE musicals. My family used to stand around while my Mom played showtunes on the steinway upright my dad bought her as a wedding present, and we'd all belt out the words. But "Mamma Mia" was so awful that it almost made me hate musicals. Don't watch it. Instead, watch this: http://youtu.be/94uO2io-n5E

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    1. I asked the ticket lady if Book of Mo was available. She just laughed.

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  4. Has he seen Rent? My hubs liked Rent. We saw it a few times. I know it's dated, but it's kinda rock and roll, in a gay in 90's New York kinda way. Oh wait, yeah, I just heard it. Nevermind! ;)

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  5. Kiefer hates most musicals, too. Except Wicked. He loved that.

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    1. I know some people that love wicked and others that hate it. I read the book, so I am worried when I hear that it doesn't follow the book at all.

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  6. Here in St. Louis, we're lucky to have this amazing theater company that has let me know that all musicals don't have to suck eggs: http://newlinetheatre.com/. I've seen lots of shows there that have made me laugh and think and otherwise blown me away and that I think may be rather up your alley (although my knowledge of you is, admittedly, super-duper limited, I just know that you are funny and smart): Bat Boy: The Musical, Reefer Madness, Urinetown, Next to Normal, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch are some of the standouts for me. Seeing Bukowsical there this weekend, a rousing send-up of unspeakable debauchery, yeehah!

    That being said, I knew nothing of this Matilda show, then like the same day I read your post I found out that my parents will be seeing it this week in NYC. Anything with Tim Minchin's involvement is A-OK by me, here's hoping it makes its way to the middle west sometime soon...

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    1. Yes. You get me. Those sound amazing. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is one of my favorite shows in the whole world!

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  7. When I was 10, my father was the musical director for A Chorus Line and I think I watched it about 100 times that summer. I love it because I learned about drag and getting your tits done and neglectful parents and eating disorders and the cut throat world of high-kicks all in one summer. Basically, A Chorus Line made me a more betterest person.

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