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In Ireland there is a dance company called Riverdance, which
is internationally very popular, but five seconds accidental
exposure of which is guaranteed to make me fling myself
against the nearest wall. Ripper-Dance is my proposed
alternative to the saccharin-doused excesses of Riverdance.
of the prancing troop of lithe and permanently
grinning mini-skirted dancers, Ripper-Dance would be
choreographed in such a way as to explore the dark side of
human movement and physical form. Based on the story of
Jack The Ripper, the sets would be the gloomy, fog-infested
alleys of Victorian London. The story of the five infamous
murders would unfold as dramatic spectacles of frenzied
motion and raw energy. For comic relief, Jack would juggle or
skip around after each incident, using his organ trophies as
props, accompanied by a merry chorus, with his most recent
victim propping themselves up on one elbow and joining in. As
a finale, the entire cast would perform a dance-macabre
celebration, swaying across the stage to the dulcet tones of
Bebel Gilberto performing So Nice (summer samba)
Mack the Knife, not Jack the Ripper
...and I'm not sure about the juggling, but this is a sure antidote to saccharinity. But not this production - a) it ended more than five years ago; b) it wasn't very good, according to this review. [DrCurry, Jan 04 2006]
Jack the Ripper on stage
Doesn't mention if there was any dance. But it was a musical. [DrCurry, Jan 04 2006]
The Ruling Class
Check out O'Toole's "Varsity Rag" number. Some folks think this was the BEST English film ever, which may only be a slight overstatement. It certainly has some moments. [jurist, Jan 05 2006]
Ed Gein, the musical
There was a (re-broadcast?) piece about it on public radio yesterday. It was so transparently promotional and exploitative, and the parody versions of popular songs that provided the score were so thin, it really ruined the music + serial killing shtick for me. [jutta, Apr 02 2012]
It's side-splittingly funny. [Gallus, Apr 03 2012]
Saucy Jack - You're a Naughty One!
Saucy Jack - You're a Haughty One! [gnomethang, Apr 03 2012]
||<Spinal Tap>"Uncle Jack!, You're a naughty one!. Uncle Jack!, You're a haughty one! ".</Spinal Tap>"
||So not "Yours Truly - Jack the Ripper"? (musical)
||Given the success of Sweeney Todd and the Threepenny Opera, I'd say go for it. But PLEASE don't include any reference to Sherlock Holmes, which every fictional version of Jakc the Ripper I've seen tries to work in.
||//it really ruined the music + serial killing shtick for me// Ha! There's no disappointment quite like that of having one's favourite serial killer the subject matter of a badly made parody.
||Surely one could achieve the same sense of morbid
entertainment by watching Repo! The Genetic