thaumaturg Main Entry: thau·ma·turg
Etymology: French, from New Latin thaumaturgus, from Greek thaumatourgos working miracles, from thaumat-, thauma miracle + ergon work — more at Theater, Work
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A little crossover culture: from Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht to … The Doors! Here’s the “Alabama Song” from Mahagonny. Now that is what you call a cover. (And for a different take again, here is David Bowie.)
In response to a recent post here about our beloved, and sometimes contentious, Oxford Coma, Dramaturgy Fellow Kellie Mecleary offered this music video. Just knowing this grammatical darling is out there, popping up in pop culture this way, gives some of us inordinate delight. And causes others to shake their heads, ruefully.
Inspired by Kristi’s ineffably free-associative set of references and links around Wilde, Verne, Murakami, and more, here is my offering: in honor of the upcoming Cyrano (or rather, more directly, of his eternal beloved, Roxane). However, it’s also taken from Moulin Rouge, which is set in Paris, not only the site of Rostand’s romance but also (despite those dire and dreadful warnings posted elsewhere here on Thaumaturgy) the natural haunts of Monsieur Jules Verne—author of Around the World in 80 Days, currently rehearsing. So there.
Now enjoy, and feel free to dance along. We won’t tell.
Young people of a certain age might remember the images of Verne and Méliès better in the music video for “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins, c. 1997. Heavily influenced, you could say. -DL
Oh, and for those deeply invested, or just curious, you can find an interesting set of observations on the connections and lineage amongst these various strands at this website right here, just by clicking through. Cartoons, animation, art, and more.