Ruddigore ’20 and ’09

The company’s 2020 production of Ruddigore provided a third opportunity to reuse a cell phone song, as had done with the 2018 production of Princess Ida and the 2016 production of Iolanthe.  Joe Andrews revised the 2009 lyrics, however, given the unique conceit of the 2020 production of Ruddigore, as a 1940s film of the golden age of cinema, sung by cast members costumed as movie theater ushers.

Sung to the tune of “My Mind is Fully Open to my Awful Situation”
          Robin, Mad Margaret and Sir Despard’s song from Act II
Written by James Ahrens
Performed by Jeff Erickson, Danielle Long, Waldyn Benbenek

When you come to see a musical you want a happy ending,
For its disbelief (and common sense) you’re actively suspending.
          But there’s one thing that can ruin all the acting and the singing,
          It’s much worse than halitosis … it’s a telephone that’s ringing.
If you’re carrying a cell phone, that would be anachronistic,
For its 1948 here … can’t you be more realistic?
          So don’t ruin the illusion with a cellular intrusion,
          This is hard enough to follow without adding more confusion.

So don’t add to the confusion,
So don’t add to the confusion,
So don’t add to the confusion,
So don’t add to the confusion,
So don’t ruin the illusion with a cellular intrusion,
This is hard enough to follow without adding more confusion,
Fusion, fusion, fusion, fusion, fusion, fusion, fusion, fusion, fusion, fusion!

 

Sung to the tune of “My Eyes Are Fully Open to My Awful Situation”
Robin, Mad Margaret and Sir Despard’s song from Act II
Written by James Ahrens
Performed by James Ahrens, Waldyn Benbenek, Victoria Valencour

When you see an operetta, you expect it to be charming,
But there’s one thing that can happen that we all would find alarming.
        We require your attention when we’re acting and we’re singing,
        And that simply cannot happen while a telephone is ringing.
If you’re carrying a cell phone, please, just set it to be silent,
For if we hear it ringing, we just might become quite violent.
        And then they’d shut us down and we would have to call the show off,
        But that all could be avoided if you turn your telephone off.

So just turn your telephone off,
So just turn your telephone off,
So just turn your telephone off,
So just turn your telephone off,
So just turn your telephone off,
So just turn your telephone off,
So just turn your tele, tele, tele, tele, telephone off!