Thursday, September 9, 2010

CUCKOO'S NEST Design Blog Post #3

Our Resident Dramaturg, Elizabeth Pool, keeps a blog specifically for the artistic team for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Most of her posts include "top secret" material, but she has graciously shared a few of them with us so we can let you in on a little of what inspires the designers for the show.  Enjoy!


“My Horses Ain’t Hungry”
This is a folk song with many different variations. You can find similar versions under the titles "Wagoner's Lad," "Texas Cowboy," and "Pretty Polly." McMurphy's rendition is much more informal than any that I found. I think this song may, like Bromden's nursery rhyme, have been passed down to the character through oral tradition.

"Does Your Spearmint Lose it's Flavor (on the Bedpost Overnight)"
This song was written by Marty Bloom, Ernest Breur, and Billy Rose in 1924 and though its original title was "Does Your Spearmint Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Over Night)." it seems to have quickly become "Chewing Gum" instead of "Spearmint." The song was made popular by Lonnie Donnegan & His Skiffle Group (1959). Here's their version:

"Roving Gambler"
Another old folksong. Here's a version from 1956:!v=HuEOGMzSLoQ&feature=related
And one with no description but a wonderful sound:

"Sweet Georgia Brown"
Here's a great (wordless) version by Louis Armstrong:

The Wildroot Theme
Here's the original commercial!
And here's another Wildroot commercial purely for kicks:

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