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October 20th, 2006

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01:19 pm - and now a round of That's Sad, That's Whoa Awesome
Anna Russell, musical comedienne I remember most for her Ring Cycle and Gilbert & Sullivan parodies, has died at the age of 94. I confess I didn't know she'd lived through to the 2000s, as she exists solely in that musical niche of my memory along with Victor Borge and Flanders & Swann, warbling funny tunes with piano accompaniment through pips and pops of vinyl recordings.

That's sad.

On a completely unrelated note, Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock is being developed into a feature-length movie. And who will be executive producer? Ahmet Zappa, of all people.

That's ... whoa. Awesome.

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Date:October 20th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Ahmet Zappa sounds like he should BE a Fraggle. Or maybe a pair of Fraggles.

Work your cares away,
Dancing's for another day.

Let the Fraggles play,
-- We're Ahmet, Zappa, Wembley, Boober, Red!
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Date:October 20th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
I never got to see that, no, but for some reason kept getting credited in VLO programs well into the late 90s, tho the last show I worked with them on was I think The Gondoliers in 1993.
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Date:October 20th, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds like it was a wonderful experience. I would've loved to have seen her perform live.

And even if it's just in my head, I still always cry "Dance!" after the last sung note of any G&S finale because of her.
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Date:October 23rd, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
Man... I hadn't heard that she passed away. I've got two of her CDs, which unfortunately are missing some of the cuts from the LPs. I will have to listen to her today as tribute.

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