Monday, April 9, 2018

Song Lyric of the Day (Elaine May, With an Improvised Tune About ‘The Brothers Karamazov’)

“There was dashing Dmitri, elusive Ivan
And Alyosha with the laughing eyes.
Then came the dawn,
The brothers were gone
I just can't forget those wonderful guys.”—Movie starlet Barbara Musk (played by Elaine May), to disc jockey Jack Ego (played by Mike Nichols), singing lyrics from her new musical adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, performed during their 1960 improv show An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May, quoted in Sam Wasson, Improv Nation: How We Made a Great American Art (2017)

(Press photo of Elaine May during a stage comedy performance with improv partner Mike Nichols, December 1958.)

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