- Rockabye Hamlet
"Rockabye Hamlet" is a
rock musicalwith a book, lyrics, and music by Cliff Jones. It is based on the classic tragedy by William Shakespeareand tells the story of a Danish princewho plots revenge on his uncle for killing his father.
The show's original title was "Kronborg: 1582". It was commissioned by the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which first broadcast it as an episode of the radioseries "The Entertainers" on December 1, 1973. The cast included Cal Dodd as Hamlet and Nancy Whiteas Ophelia. It was staged by the Charlottetown Festivalin 1974 and 1975, then toured eastern Canadawith Brent Carveras Hamlet and Beverly D'Angeloas Ophelia.
Jones revised the show and retitled it "Rockabye Hamlet" for a Broadway production that was staged as an all-out rock concert [http://www.musicals101.com/1970bway1.htm] directed and choreographed by
Gower Champion. After 21 previews, it opened on February 17, 1976at the Minskoff Theatreand closed after seven performances. D'Angelo reprised her role of Ophelia, and the rest of the cast included Larry Marshall as Hamlet, Leata Galloway as Gertrude, Kim Milfordas Laertes, Rory Doddas Horatio, Meat Loafas the Priest, and Christopher Chadmanand Winston DeWitt Hemsley as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
A studio cast recording featuring ten songs from the score was released on the Rising label [http://www.castalbumdb.com/rec.cfm?RNumber=3372] . Vocals were provided by Cliff Jones, Rory Dodd, [http://www.kwic.com/~pagodavista/artisans/cal/cal.htm Cal Dodd] , Lisa Hartt, and
The Irish Rovers.
In 1981, Jones revised the show once again. It was staged as "Somethin' Rockin' in Denmark" at the Odyssey Theatre in
Los Angeles. In 2003, it was revived for a tour of schools in Canada.
Broadway song list
*Why Did He Have to Die?
*That It Should Come to This
*Set It Right
*Don't Unmask Your Beauty to the Moon
*If Not to You
*Have I Got a Girl for You
*Tis Pity, Tis True
*Shall We Dance
*All My Life
*Something's Rotten in Denmark
*Denmark Is Still
*Twist Her MInd
*Where Is the Reason
*The Wart Song
*He Got It in the Ear
*It Is Done ;Act II
*Your Daddy's Gone Away
*All By Yourself
*The Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Boogie
*The Last Blues
*Didn't She Do It for Love
*If My Morning Begins
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