Nr 382: Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly!

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Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly! (1996)
– a musical revue in two acts conceived by Howard Crabtree and Mark Waldrop
Off-Broadway, 840 föreställningar
Music: Dick Gallagher
Lyrics and sketches: Mark Waldrop

Brother, you ain’t seen a thing
Till you’ve seen bacon taking wing!

This revue takes a hilarious look at gay life in the 1990s.
It’s a grab bag of songs, dances, sketches, and running gags — unified by a gay sensibility that combines a love of traditional musical theatre, a taste for outrageous visual humour, and a delight in shameless wordplay. These elements are strung upon the slenderest of plot threads.
The concept of the revue is that ”Howard” stages a musical. As he struggles to do so, dealing with the large egos of performers or scenery gone wrong, he hears the words of his high school counselor, ”Miss Roundhole”. She sarcastically said, ”When pigs fly!” in response to his ambitions. The characters in the revue are all played by men.
But the linking story is not where the focus lies.
The individual numbers are the meat of the show. In When Pigs Fly the empty stage becomes a kind of dreamscape populated by Howard’s fevered imagination. The audience never knows who or what it will see next. A bare-breasted mermaid? A Garden of Eden tableau? Bette Davis as Baby Jane slinging a life-size Joan Crawford rag doll around? They all get into the act.
Each freshly revealed character will have something to say, usually through song, that provides a skewed but revelatory reflection of what it is to be gay in the 1990s.
Though the spirit is gay — in both senses of the word — the tone is inclusive, and always the tilt is towards the universal. When Pigs Fly is completely accessible to anyone who can appreciate being smart and silly at the same time.
Welcome to Howard’s world….

The show’s a queer one, there’s no doubt
Just to be in it you have to be out!

Jag gillar verkligen det här. Kul musik med smarta och väääldigt kvicka sångtexter. Det här är en show som driver med det mesta, både ”gay” och ”straight” men mest ”gay”, och inte för en sekund tar den sig själv på allt för stort allvar.
Sånginsatserna är av varierande kvalité, några är rena Broadwayröster medan andra är mer åt glada amatörerhållet men det de saknar i sångkvalité fyller de istället med charm och grym komisk tajming. Så allt som allt så är det här en helgjuten liten show.

Några av sångerna är ännu roligare om man vet varför de sjungs och av vem, som Not All Man som sjungs av en förvirrad kentaur i omklädningsrummet på ett gym – därav alla ”häst” skämt.
Rekommenderas!

Favvisar:
When Pigs Fly, Not All Man, Sam and Me, You’ve Got To Stay In The Game, Light in the Loafers

Kuriosa:
Howard Crabtree (1954 – 1996), började sin showbizkarriär som dansare men började snart skapa hysteriska kostymer för olika off-Broadway shower.
Tillsammans med upphovsmännen till denna show skapade han 1993 revyn Howard Crabtree’s Whoop-Dee-Doo! Här skapade han inte bara kostymerna utan spelade även huvudrollen.
Han gick bort bara nån månad innan When Pigs Fly hade sin premiär.
Han dog i en AIDS relaterad sjukdom.

Press:
Some shows, you leave humming the scenery; others, the costumes. Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly sends you out humming the sequins on the costumes.
The wigs alone in this exuberant eyeful of a revue … are like tone poems of camp: pillowy, cartoon-land creations, threatening to lift the men beneath them somewhere, fully aloft.

But if the revue is essentially fabulous window dressing–make that faaaaaaaabulous window dressing–its overall musical buoyancy serves as artful dressing for the dressing.

So many costume changes; so little time.
– Michael Phillips, Los Angeles Times

…an exceptionally cheerful, militantly gay new musical revue that comes close to living up to its own billing ”the side-splitting musical extravaganza”.  No sides are ever in serious danger of splitting. Yet there’s enough hilarity, wit and outre humor here to evoke that era, more than 40 years ago, when bright, irreverent revues were as commonplace on Broadway as today’s stately Cameron Mackintosh spectacles.
 Vincent Canby, The New York Times

This show is user-friendly for straights.
Clive Brooks,  The New York Post 

A Hog-Heaven of silliness.
 Michael Sommers, The Star Ledger 

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You’ve Got To Stay In The Game
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You can’t take the color out of Colorado
You can’t take the Mary out of Mary-Land
As John Phillip Sousa said, ‘I can’t march
If I can’t hear the boys in the band.

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Den förvirrade men glade kentauren.

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We Wear Our Vanity with Pride

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Ett svar to “Nr 382: Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly!”

  1. Jennie Backman maj 27, 2015 den 8:41 e m #

    Not all men hittade jag här https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9kqfHB2k7M

    Gilla

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