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Arms and the Man

by George Bernard Shaw


"What a man, what a man, what a man
What a mighty good man."

Yes, I did just quote Salt-n-Pepa, as this was the song I sang to myself as I finished Arms and the Man. First of all - SO funny. Gotta hand it to that Shaw guy, he knew what he was doing. Seemingly superficial and yet he hits right at the heart of humanity... this idea of the "manner" one adopts around one's lover.. being what you think the other person wants you to be, or idolizing them to the point of putting them on a pedestal (from which they can only fall).. is a trap we still fall into and this play was written well over a hundred years ago! Ah, how we change and yet we stay the same. 

So many fun, vibrant characters -- I would love to play Raina.. she's delightfully dramatic and yet vulnerable. Seems to me this play is just begging to made into a musical .. as I said that, I Googled it and lo and behold:

A musical adaptation of Arms and the Man (1894)—The Chocolate Soldier by Oscar Straus (1908)—was also very popular, but Shaw detested it and, for the rest of his life, forbade musicalization of his work. 

AMAZING. The Chocolate Soldier! It includes a song called: "Ach, du kleiner Praliné-Soldat" ("Oh, you little praline-soldier") Wow.. this is comedic GOLD. 

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