_23623_ wrote:More about Le Petit Prince. I love the book very much and actually have a bilingual edition of it. The main reason why I'm not crazy about its musical adaption -- don't know whether we're talking about the same thing either -- is the rose. I think it would be better if the actress were younger or even about the same age as the boy. In addition, she is supposed to be the dearest being to the Little Prince, the one he spends his time with and gives protection to, but I'm not deeply impressed by their interactions on stage. I prefer to think the flaws of the rose as part of her nature which, to some extent, makes her even more adorable, but the actress just plays her as if she were an affected, frivolous girl.
Are you talking about this one? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11-_pWSEs6o
If so, I agree entirely about the rose. Above all, she is supposed to be just as innocent as the Prince, but just channeling her insecurity in a different way. And you don't get that feeling with that musical. I also remember thinking when I watched it that the rose could easily have been done better.
Watching bits of it again, I should have realized that the pilot is the same singer as Claude Frollo. That guy is awesome!
_23623_ wrote:If you are looking for the English lyrics of R&J, you may go to this site: http://ndparis.narod.ru/eng/eugene/ridj/english.html#14
Speaking of Et Voila Qu'elle Aime...I love the song and La Nurse! Actually I think this kind of songs -- well, basically non-love songs -- make more sense than those love songs in the musical, as they each serves a different purpose and their lyrics is less repetitive. The English lyrics for that song is good enough imo, compared to some other ones.
Did I mention the instrumental music and singing last time? Beware if one day you're suddenly curious and want to give the English album a try
Thanks for the link. Yeah, Et Voila Qu'elle Aime looks very decent in English. I just wish they kept one line from the French version where she prays for courage and strength to keep guiding Juliette until her marriage. But overall very decent!
I agree. My favourite songs, or parts of songs, are usually those that are not about romance. Et Voila, C'est Le Jour, On Dit Dans La Rue, Verone, Demain, the lyrics of Mercutio's death scene - I like them so much better than the love songs. Some of the love songs are pretty good musically, but they don't offer much in terms of lyrics. Occasionally there's an interesting burst of thought (like in Le Balcon, when Juliette comments on the irony of her love), but often they are just empty-sounding. And half the time Romeo sounds like he's in love with Juliette's dress rather than with herself. Juliette's lines aren't as cringe-worthy (except for her death scene. They could have done better than that). I find that kind of curious. She at least has some interesting imagery, some poetry in her lovesick musings. Romeo is always given cliche or dull metaphors. Look at the beginning of L'amour Hereux (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YodbCp8Zex4) and you'll see what I mean (isn't Romeo really just in love with her dress?!).
La Nurse is wonderful. She is my favourite character after La Mort (and you just can't beat that ). She has depth, struggle, passion, and realism. The musical kind of puts the friar as her counterpart, but I don't really like him. He feels a bit alien. Maybe if they gave him a bit more involvement - or at least a bystander/observer role - just to give him more contact with the rest of the story, he would belong better with the rest of it. Also, I'm not a fan of how the actor sings his part.