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Interpretations of the Narrator? 
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Post Re: Interpretations of the Narrator?
When I saw the recent London revival, the narrator was a child. Made the ending during Children Will Listen with the Baker talking to his child really poignant because the narrator ended up being his baby boy grown up and it ended with the narrator and the Baker camping in the woods and turning off a lantern.


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I heard about that - I imagine that'd make the whole thing with him getting killed off rather darker...


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Reading it, I thought, "Wow, this person has gone a bit far..." but it was really quite creative. We saw it a day or two after opening night, when the actor playing the Mysterious Man was injured during the show -- so for a few performances after that, the director played the Mysterious Man for Act 1, and the actor playing the Narrator played him for Act 2. (Not sure why the director couldn't do the entire show.)
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The only time the Mysterious Man appears in Act 2 is the No More sequence (and the finale) so my guess is, the director didn't think himself a sufficient singer to carry off the song.

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When I did the Narrator, I dressed in a snappy suit & tie. During the speeches I was channeling Johnny Carson in his Tonight show monologues. It seemed to work.

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I did a recent production -- somewhere about half through rehearsals, I asked the Director what he'd think of doing it with an English accent, and his reaction was on the lines of "sure, go ahead and try it, but if it sounds bad or fake at any time, I'm pulling the plug."

But it stayed in and played well. I referred to it as "Uncle Nigel's Story Time." And it helped make the on-stage transition from weirdo Mysterious Man to the Narrator a bit funnier, I think.

As for costuming, they tried a couple coats on me that didn't fit, then just asked "Do you have a suit?" "Yes." "Wear it." It was decided to go with an open collar though, for a slightly more casual look.

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The original concept (before they decided to have the Narrator killed) was that he was to be the Bakers baby grown up. This makes some sense as it would have meant that the same actor would be playing both the Father and Son of the Baker.


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A friend once told me about a production where the narrator and Mysterious Man were separate actors. The narrator was played by an old woman in a rocking chair (complete with three small children she was telling the story to)... I can't imagine how it looked when the giant killed her. :lol:

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