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Shakespeare's "Macbeth" With Heavy Metal In Japan

Dwayne Lawler will bring his idiosyncratic version of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" - using heavy metal music and "hakama" costumes - to Tokyo's New National Theater for one night only, giving the classic "an MTV treatment" for the easily bored and "coloring" the production to match both the stage and the Japanese setting.

"People's attention span is dropping. This is what I mean by an MTV treatment, keeping the pace fast and furious, action-packed and often shocking." There is also the music, which is likely to make a lot of people sit up. "They don't ever get the chance to fall asleep!"

Dwayne is using the New Orleans-based heavy metal band Shakespeare in Hell. "It's in keeping, because of both the name and the fact that Anne Rice, who writes the vampire novels, lives in New Orleans." Though taped, the music is integral to the production and will surely help attract a new kind of audience. "You can say many things about my 'Macbeth,' but you can never say it's boring."

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1. MarineChick007 writes:

that would f***in rock.
i'm a big William Shakespeare fan.
i wonder how they would do the part where Lady Macbeth
is yelling "out! damn spot! out!"

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2. Andy Christ writes:

No, this sounds terrible. If I want to see Shakespeare, I sure as hell DON'T want the MTV treatment.

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3. brad writes:

mtv treatment


like the osbournes

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4. Andy Christ writes:

I wish young Ozzy would come forward in time and kick zombie Ozzy's a$$ for that f***ing show and 3/4 of the bands on Ozzfest. Then, when he goes back, he should ALWAYS use contraception.

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