Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Best of all possible worlds?

Having acquired a monkey puppet, a friend has posed this question:
Does having a monkey puppet satisfy, in one fell swoop, every man's almost genetic desire to have a ventriloquist dummy AND a really good gorilla suit?
That's a toughy. Pangloss, the optimist tutor of Voltaire's Candide, said that, "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." Leonard Bernstein managed only one solid and memorable musical moment in his operetta Candide, and it was to set this phrase to music. So that thought is at least as important as "Chim Chimney."

Obviously, the dummy/gorilla suit vis-a-vis monkey puppet question is nothing to mess around with. Perhaps the question only arises to prompt this question:
Which broadway musical would be best performed by an all ventriloquist cast?
I'm interested in opinions. As soon as I decide on voices for my monkey puppet and my vent dummy, I'll ask them, too.

What was the question again?

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