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自分が読んで興味深く感じた英文記事を中心に取り上げる予定です

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前のポストでイディオムbe in for a treat(間違いなく楽しむだろう)を取り上げましたが、実際に楽しめた場合にはWhat a treatのように表現できるのですね。King and Iの演劇レビューに使われていました。

FIRST NIGHT
Sail off on a lavish voyage to Broadway’s golden age
Ann Treneman
July 5 2018, 12:01am, 
The Times

What a treat. The shimmering curtain (imbued with an incredible 250 sq m of gold leaf) opens to reveal a meticulously detailed sailing ship. On board is a certain Anna Leonowens, her hoop skirt swinging with a force to be reckoned with. It’s 1862 and she’s a widow who has come to Siam to teach the King’s children (numbering upwards of 60).

Hamiltonのついでと見てきたと言うと渡辺謙に怒られてしまいそうですが、日本人がロンドン公演の主演を務めているなんて滅多にないでしょうし。。。この演技でアメリカのトニー賞を受賞したケリー・オハラがやはり素晴らしいかったです。その2015年のトニー賞でのパフォーマンスです。



ただ1957年のミュージカルのためか「西洋=進歩的、東洋=後進的」という図式が気になりました。まあ戦後すぐの日本でもそのような見方がされていたのかもしれませんが、そのあたりを問題視しているレビューもありました。

‘The King and I’ review
BY: ANDRZEJ LUKOWSKI
POSTED: WEDNESDAY JULY 4 2018

Like an elderly relative who you make allowances for on grounds of age, classic musical ‘The King and I’ is kind of racist, but difficult to entirely hold to modern standards.

Indeed, back in 1951 Rodgers & Hammerstein’s smash may have seemed mildly progressive in its depiction of interracial almost-romance.

But in 2018 the hyper-orientalist depiction of the kingdom of Siam (aka Thailand) presided over by Ken Watanabe’s eccentric manchild of a king is frequently cringeworthy, not least for the bits in which Kelli O’Hara’s sparky British governess Anna frets at how unprogressive the place is. Lest we forget, at the time (it’s set in 1862) Britain didn’t allow any women to vote, and enjoyed massacres, corsets and tossing its poorer citizens into workhouses.

ただ渡辺謙のパフォーマンスが概ね好評だったのはホッとします。

Watanabe is not a technically adept singer by any stretch of the imagination, but in many respects he runs off with the show; boisterous and amusing as a hearty, eccentric man-child, incapable of escaping his kingship, but able to laugh about it to a point. There is a nice spark between them – perhaps not quite romance, but certainly a real sense that they’re two lonely people who find genuine solace in each other.

そのあたりの賛否をまとめてくれたのがBBCの次の記事。

By Neil Smith
Entertainment reporter
4 July 2018

The King and I is back in the West End, 67 years on from its Broadway debut. Is the musical showing its age, or has it still something to say to modern audiences?

Shall we dance? That's the question posed by a new production of The King and I, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's classic musical about East meeting West.

The show, about a 19th Century British widow who travels to Siam (now Thailand) to tutor its monarch's many children, boasts familiar tunes, adorable child actors and lavish production values.

Yet its portrait of a white woman being both fascinated and repelled by a society depicted as both backward and barbarous can't help but feel patronisingly out of step with modern sensibilities.

次のレビューはミュージカルを褒めていますが、そのような問題には触れています。舞台となったタイでは上映禁止なのは知りませんでしたが、仕方がないとも思います。

There's a smack of imperial condescension in Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, but this is a culturally cogent account from Bartlett Sher 
Paul Taylor 
Tuesday 3 July 2018 22:00

It has probably the lushest score of any Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. At least half a dozen of the songs have become enduring classics (“Getting To Know You”, “Hello, Young Lovers”, “Shall We Dance?” et al). Its setting – mid-19th century Siam – offers exorbitant opportunities for lavish spectacle. 

And yet it’s easy to appreciate why this 67-year-old show is still banned in Bangkok and why not a breath of those songs has ever been heard on Thai radio. 

There’s a smack of imperial condescension to this story of a widowed, well-bred Victorian governess who goes out to teach the children of to King Mongkut of Siam and gives a funny foreign despot and his feudal court a stiff dose of western values. 

こちらのレビューではそのような問題があっても最後にShall we dance? Stupid not to.(楽しまないのはもったいない)と好意的に締めています。

Sher’s production gives deep pleasure and will make you think twice about patronising this show in future. Shall we dance? Stupid not to.

イギリスではこの公演の映画上映が決まったようで、日本でも上映されるといいですね。

Newsby Georgia Snow - Aug 23, 2018

West End musical The King and I will be shown in cinemas later this year, it has been announced.
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