Culture weekend

STARTED off the weekend with an early-ish trip to the King’s Theatre in Glasgow to see a stage production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea. We took Ronnie and Reggie with us, before you ask. Nice production; they managed to pad out the fairly thin original book with some songs and dances, though Reggie lost interest as soon as the tiger left the stage and I spent the next 20 minutes chasing him up and down the aisles, which he thought was great entertainment and I… not so much.

Carolyn likes the book because it still features the original illustrations from 1968, and the stage production stays faithful to that idea. Very charming.

Last night Carolyn and I watched the first episode of Dr Horrible’s Karaoke Blog. As if the title alone weren’t enough to hook me, it’s written and directed by The God That Is Joss Whedon. In case you didn’t know, he’s the creator and chief writer of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. In 2001, he wrote the lyrics, music and script for a one-off musical episode of Buffy, entitled Once More With Feeling. It has to be seen to be believed; the man really is a genius. An evil genius, I concede, but a genius nevertheless.

Dr Horrible is more of the same – written and produced specifically for the web, it has three 15-minute acts and is a typical story of an evil genius who fights an all-American superhero to win the heart of the girl they both love. Oh, and the evil genius keeps a blog. And it’s a musical.

It’s available on iTunes. Buy it. Now. Here.

And yeah, that’s the guy who played Doogie Howser MD.

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