31 December 2012
...it will be spent in writing Les Gumes, an epic musical about the tragic life of Lentyl, a woman forced to dress as a man in order to join the Navy Beans.
The musical, set against the historic struggle of both Black and White Beans to secure equality with the Green, follows Lentyl, as she drives her Pinto from Garbanzo, her hometown, to the port of Lima. On the way, she suffers the catcalls of "Hey, Chickpea!" and "Whoot, what a Broad!"
Lentyl gets mixed up in a comic, though unsuccessful, uprising involving coffee, cacao, and jelly beans.
Along the way, we meet -- and lose -- such wonderful characters as Adzuki, the tubercular streetwalker, who after but 45 minutes (and a swell rendition of "I Have Been a Bean"!) dies in the arms of Lentyl; and Soy, who, after popping up seemingly everywhere, is killed by her lover Mesquite to harvest her kidney.
Other unforgettable songs include:
"Where's My Pulse?"
"Song of the (Great) North"
"I Couldn't Carob Less"
"The Mung I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)"
"It's a Long Way to Tepary"
Posted by Gilbert Gigliotti at 10:34 PM