Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A Czech Hamlet, recast as a rock star, aims for Broadway

Creating a musical version of what many consider the world's greatest tragedy requires a certain level of boldness and a willingness to take risks. Janek Ledecky´, the author of the original Czech version of the musical Hamlet, recalls that when he first started working on it, his friends told him it was a crazy idea and tried to dissuade him from going through with the project.

But his perseverance paid off. After a successful three-year run, Hamlet, the musical, has been brought back to the theater in a new incarnation: Rewritten in English, it's pitched at American audiences with the hope of eventually staging it on Broadway. Before that happens, musical enthusiasts have the opportunity to see the American version at Divadlo Kalich in Prague.

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