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re: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pippin revival's sound
Posted by: Chazwaza 03:27 pm EST 01/19/21
In reply to: re: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Pippin revival's sound - Michael_Portantiere 02:30 pm EST 01/19/21

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And while it doesn't promise the actual performance of a Miracle Play tonight, lyrics like that DO actually establish the kind of troupe they are. Fosse giving it a modern stylized version of a Renaissance theater troupe doesn't make those references less clear, especially given the clear influence of that on costume/make-up/masks.

"Miracle Plays to play" tells us this is a theater troupe who performs miracle plays. "Leave your field to flower" paints a picture of the troupe considering that the people they are singing to might tend a field, "leave you cheese to sour" paints a picture of an audience who lives in a time and/or place where making your own cheese is common, rather than people who might leave their store bought cheese out in the air way too long to come see the play. "Kings and things to take by storm" can means several things, including that they might be performing a play about a king, or a play for a king.

A production can choose to ignore these lyrics and/or not take them literally, or rather even less literally than intended (I don't think they are meant to be strictly literal).

But what these lyrics unmistakably tell us is that this is a theater troupe, a ground of actors, who are going to put on a PLAY. Not a circus entertainment. I won't even quote them because they are in every line.
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