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The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte? 

which do you prefer?
The Ballad of Billy M'Caw 60%  60%  [ 9 ]
In Una Tepida Notte 40%  40%  [ 6 ]
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The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte? 
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Post The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte?
I personally prefer In Una Tepida Notte, what about you?

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Post Re: The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte?
I think Billy is a great tune, though I will say it does go on about a minute too long. But the repetition fits the poem, so that's probably not a valid complaint. As for Tepida Notte, I saw a fantastic version of it at a regional production, where the running joke was that Growltiger and Griddlebone kept trying to out-sing each other. It was hilarious, and was one of the highlights of the evening. So I can go with either.


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Post Re: The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte?
Billy M'caw is a nice tune but, I really think Una tepida Notte fits better in the show. Hasn't Billy been put in some other ALW's show?

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Post Re: The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte?
According to ALW's biography, the Ballad of Billy McCaw was first - part of the New London production. When the show went to Broadway, ALW had to scrap it and introduce the Aria. I have seen both and enjoyed some very fine comedy. The Aria (In Una Tepida Notte) allows great interaction between Jellylorum/Griddlebone and the "Pirates" and finally Gus/Growltiger. And then, there is the "battle of the Egos" when Growlie and Grid attempt to continually upstage each other. In the Ballad, the sudden change from the Siamese Attack to a bar song has its moments, especially when everyone joins in the reprise and the Siamese form an impromptu orchestra.

My vote would depend on the production and the performers. Therefore, I abstain... courteously.
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Post Re: The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte?
Mibuulle has a point, the aria does fit better since the entire Growltiger number is suppose to be a parody of opera (Puccini, more specifically).

The new UK tour uses the ballad. I'd love to hear it live someday.


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Post Re: The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte?
Neither. They grossly pad out an already-mostly-unnecessary scene and don't even belong in the poem in the first place. The faux opera grates, too.

Of course, I'm not fond of Growltiger anyways, given that it gives way too much of a focus on Gus and wrecks the pacing of the second act immensely.


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Post Re: The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte?
Unnecessary seems like the wrong word; the entire show is just poetry set to music and dance, so it's no more important than most of the other numbers. However, the scene DOES drag on forever and greatly slows down the show, so I partially agree with you there. Still, the tunes are nice and the comedy can be enjoyable, so I don't mind it overall.


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Post Re: The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte?
Although I like Billy as a song, it did always seem strange to me to have the line "and the lovers sang their last duet in danger of their lives" immediately followed by a solo.


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Post Re: The Ballad of Billy M'Caw or In Una Tepida Notte?
I really really enjoyed the Ballad of Billy McCaw... it's a very funny scene when you see it live so yeah.... I prefer this song....:)

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