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December 21, 2020 86 min
Trigger warning: this episode contains discussion of child sex abuse and pedophilia.   "Who is that viper that likes them post-diaper?" This is just one of the objectively terrifying lyrics in a botched Broadway musical of Lolita -- the first an expensive, campy musical from the writer of My Fair Lady in the 70s, and another gritty reboot from Edward Albee starring Edward Albee in the 80s. We speak to the actors who played Lolita about the public pressures put on by the productions and the public, look at the many stage failures from the inside and out, and listen to lighthearted Broadway tunes about the worst crime a human can commit. If you are seeking resources about sexual assault: https://www.rainn.org/ Join our Discord: https://t.co/swAI8a6axO?amp=1   Discussed in today's episode: "Lolita My Love" -- a recording from 1971 in Boston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7GUnjiGtMo Sarah Weinman's "Yes, They Once Tried to Make a Musical Out of Lolita", 2018: https://www.sarahweinman.com/writing/yes-they-once-tried-to-make-a-broadway-musical-out-of-lolita/ "You're a Dum Dum": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ksh_DyW6Mw Blood Pageant from Chris Gilmore: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7184122/ "Thank Heaven For Little Girls": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTM40o3WgZo Edward Albee's Lolita (1981): https://www.themorgan.org/literary-historical/87221 NYT Review of Albee's Lolita: https://www.nytimes.com/1981/03/20/theater/stage-albee-s-adaptation-of-lolita-opens.html "Who's Afraid of White Fragility?" Hyperallergic, 2017: https://hyperallergic.com/381406/whos-afraid-of-white-fragility-edward-albee/ "Albee Estate Clarifies Position of Casting Controversy of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Playbill, 2017: https://www.playbill.com/article/albee-estate-clarifies-position-on-casting-controversy-surrounding-whos-afraid-of-virginia-woolf The Edward Albee Foundation: http://www.albeefoundation.org/ "Jewishness as Literary Device in Nabokov's Fiction": https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/vladimir-nabokov-in-context/jewishness-as-literary-device-in-nabokovs-fiction/3782DCBACEA7BADFAE31A54F018565BE "Wrestling with a Lolita Opera and Losing" NYT, 2005: https://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/24/arts/music/wrestling-with-a-lolita-opera-and-losing.html Rodion Schedrin on his 'Lolita' opera: https://web.archive.org/web/20120329063800/http://www.sptimes.ru/index.php?action_id=100&story_id=27516 Michael Walsh on Schedrin's Lolita opera: http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,982502,00.html Cathy Marston 2015 Lolita ballet trailer (Denmark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7z5xRqma5k Hiroko Mikami on Michael West's 2003 'Lolita' adaptation: https://m.blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=bluefox2000&logNo=221158934098&categoryNo=112&proxyReferer=&proxyReferer=https:%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F Victor Sobchak's Lolita, 2003: http://www.theatrecollection.net/lolita.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20gWy7ALbcI Davide Bombana's Lolita ballet excerpt, 2003: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvNgIOIfF3Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FawPxiWoZuI Brian Cox as Humbert in Richard Nelson's 2009 one-man "Lolita": https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/theatre/lolita-the-perfect-approach-to-humbert-grotesquerie-7416446.html Humbert Humbert (Conjuring Nymphet), NYT 2009 (Michael Galante adaptation): https://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/08/arts/music/08loli.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuJ8SkhlGDM John Harbison's "Darkbloom": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBIUEo_N5wI Lolita: An Imagined Opera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuJ8SkhlGDM Russian Ballet Excerpt "The Swimmer" from 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTwPr5FpF8Q 'Lolita' by The Four Humors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWd3zuCZFEU "An Infamous 'Lolita' Musical Gets a Belated Broadway Debut" NYT 2019 (Emilly Maltby Production): https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/18/theater/lolita-my-love-york-theater-company-alan-jay-lerner.html Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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