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   - AAAOFZ THING-FISH   
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  We at STAGECRAFT ENTERTAINMENT have worked for four years to actually bring this project to the stage. The only "musical" Frank Zappa has ever written has been something we just had to do.

It started out as an idea way back in 1999, when Tommi was listening to the studio recording of "Thing-Fish", the "original cast recording". It was a recording put together from already existing material and newly recorded studio material. This piece in it's entirety had never been perfomed on stage, it had never been performed as a theatrical production. It took a year until Tommi and his little crew received permission from Gail Zappa (the late composers wife and head of the Zappa Family Trust) to perform two scenes.

Haveing tasted blood, the "triumvirate" Daniel Knapp, Wolf E. Rahlfs and Tommi Brem moved the project forward, until they received permission to perform their own adaptation in a London theatre.

"An authorized adaptation of Frank Zappa's Thing-Fish" opend the "Opera Season at the Battersea Arts Centre. The help of an international cast and crew of 32, a handful of sponsors and the private bank accounts of Knapp, Rahlfs and Brem made this production happen. Four sold out shows and an international audience as well as extensive media coverage made up for the effort and the money spent.

2001/2003
   
 
BACKGROUND:   "Thing-Fish" is a satire on musicals. There is a whole set of story lines: 1.) There are Harry and Rhonda who go to the theatre to see a musical. 2.) There is the Evil Prince who invented a poison that made some people very ugly. Those people have now taken over Broadway, performing the show Harry and Rhonda are going to see. 3.) There is the story of Harry and Rhonda "growing up in Ermerica", acted out to themselves and the audience by "replicas". The whole thing is topped of with TV evangelists, a mechanical baby jesus, a greasy italian and the inevitable Broadway Zombies.

"Thing-Fish" is not only a satire on musicals but also on the whole surrounding. The people that go to see the shows, the actors, the stories, the recycling of storylines and repeating sctructures in musicals.

It is also a comment on (then and still) current trends in society and in it all, it is about people who take themselves to serious (actors, regular people governments). And it is entertaining as hell!
PRESS:   "Thing-Fish is pretty damn terrible, in an entertaining kind of way."
(The GUARDIAN, Lyn Gardner)
 
AN AUTHORIZED ADAPTATION OF FRANK ZAPPA'S THING-FISH
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