Friday, 31 July 2015

I could muster up a little soft-shoe gentle sway



From WhatsOnStage:
Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears has revealed he is working on another musical, but this time he's teaming up with Elton John.

Shears, who currently stars as Greta in the LA production of Bent, wrote the musical adaptation of Tales of the City which premièred in San Francisco in 2011, and his second show will be a collaboration with the British icon.

He told The Advocate: "I'm working on my second musical now with Elton John. And it's making me realize when writing lyrics and stuff, it's giving me another perspective on writing for theatre that I never had. I feel like I'm getting a lot out of this, even just from the perspective of writing for theatre.

"I'm just learning a ton."


Sir Elton is no stranger to theatre, his previous work for the stage includes The Lion King, Billy Elliot and Aida, and it's not the first time he's collaborated with Shears either.

He co-wrote the band's 2006 hit I Don't Feel Like Dancin', which was a number one hit in eight countries.

Pushed on what the musical would be about, Shears wasn't giving anything away.

"I wish I could say! We haven't made an official announcement about it, but I'm very excited."
Exciting news, indeed!

Which provides me with a perfect excuse (as if any were needed) not only to feature the delectable Mr Shears with his top off, but also to play the Sisters' classic. Again:



Wake up in the morning with a head like ‘what ya done?’
This used to be the life but I don’t need another one.
You like cuttin’ up and carrying on, you wear them gowns.
So how come I feel so lonely when you’re up getting down?

So I'll play along when I hear that special song
I’m gonna be the one who gets it right.
You'd better move when you're swayin’ round the room
Looks like the magic's only ours tonight

But I don’t feel like dancin’
When the old Joanna plays
My heart could take a chance
But my two feet can’t find a way
You'd think that I could muster up a little soft-shoe gentle sway
But I don’t feel like dancin’
No sir, no dancin’ today.
Don’t feel like dancin’, dancin’
Even if i find nothin' better to do
Don’t feel like dancin’, dancin’
Why’d you pick a tune when I’m not in the mood?
Don’t feel like dancin’, dancin’
I'd rather be home with the one in the bed till dawn, with you.

Cities come and cities go just like the old empires
When all you do is change your clothes and call that versatile.
You got so many colours make a blind man so confused.
Then why can’t I keep up when you’re the only thing I lose?

So I’ll just pretend that I know which way to bend
And I’m gonna tell the whole world that you’re mine.
Just please understand, when I see you clap your hands
If you stick around I’m sure that I'll be fine

But I don’t feel like dancin’
When the old Joanna plays
My heart could take a chance
But my two feet can’t find a way
You'd think that I could muster up a little soft-shoe gentle sway
But I don’t feel like dancin’
No sir, no dancin’ today.
Don’t feel like dancin’, dancin’
Even if i find nothin' better to do
Don’t feel like dancin’, dancin’
Why’d you pick a tune when I’m not in the mood?
Don’t feel like dancin’, dancin’
I'd rather be home with the one in the bed till dawn, with you.

You can’t make me dance around
But your two-step makes my chest pound.
Just lay me down as you float away into the shimmering light.


A perennial favourite here at Dolores Delargo Towers.

6 comments:

  1. You know, I hate to admit it, but I never really saw the attraction of Mr. Shears...till I saw him working it in real life.
    He's a born entertainer.

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    1. I am immensely pleased to recall the occasion when - at a Scissor Sisters gig to which I had attained free tickets in a draw, no less - we were proudly showered with the drips as Mr Shears drenched himself in water and shook his bare tush at the audience...

      I didn't wash my lips for a while.

      Ah, happy memories! Jx

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  2. I saw the Tales of the City he wrote when it opened here. It was awful, awful, awful. Tripe. We were arguing about fleeing at intermission while standing in the lobby along with everyone in earshot, but I got talked into staying and then spent the last act regretting it.

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    1. Oh dear. Not a good omen... Jx

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  3. He is adorable and so is his tush.

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    1. "Just lay me down as you float away into the shimmering light."

      Indeed. Jx

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