When I spotted a reference in one of my news items suggesting that the mayor’s story was Shakespearean, I thought “Oh this will be good, somebody’s actually going to argue about how tragic the whole thing is.” Nah, they just went with the big jolly drunk angle.
That’s not to say there’s not some smirks to be had in the article:
“Falstaff from Shakespeare,” McCaig said in a telephone interview. “He’s very Shakespearean or operatic. He’s our modern tragic hero…” They do know that Falstaff isn’t a tragic hero, right?
“It’s a timeless story. Actually, it’s been written 100 times — it’s this rise to greatness and then a huge, huge fall due to your own weaknesses. God, this story has been written 100 years ago, you know what I mean?” Sure, absolutely, written 100 years ago. That’s why you earlier compared it to Shakespeare, who was writing 450 years ago.
All in all, the musical looks like an even better train wreck than its subject.