Hamlet the Hip-Hopera

We’ve seen many Shakespeare productions with a contemporary iconoclastic setting,  but this musical rather blends an entirely new language of hip hop, rap and modern speech into the bard’s. While I love Shakespeare, this also has appeal for modern audiences and would probably not displease him. Watch a scene here.

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About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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6 Responses to Hamlet the Hip-Hopera

  1. marblenecltr says:

    Well done, but not for me. I have been spoiled by earler culture, so most of what is taking place today is not so pleasurable.
    I enjoyed are modern version of Richard III with Ian McCallum .

    • kinneret says:

      I know what you mean. Richard III is amazing. Of course, I will always prefer real Shakespeare although I find the comedies difficult to follow and prefer the tragedies.

  2. marblenecltr says:

    Me 2! Got no laffs frum Rich 3, and line ,”Et tu, Brooks,” Sidney Caesar, did nothin’.
    Some do porn, others, corn.

  3. kinneret says:

    I think it’s because for the comedies, you have to know all of the references. They are context dependent. Annotated versions would generally help. But I prefer the tragedies and some of the histories more in any case.

  4. marblenecltr says:

    D’accord. Much comedy from genius fades quickly with new fashions and mores (compared to the ever-hilarious pie-in-your-face routines), while pain doesn’t change.

  5. Thanks for the shout out! We hope you’ll come see the show!


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