Substantially Similar--A Blog on IP Issues, Writing and Film
I posted an article on this blog some time back about Irving Berlin's last musical Mr. President, which had debuted at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. in 1962 with President and Mrs. Kennedy in attendance but ultimately failed on Broadway. The Washington Post rejected the article saying the event was too long ago, even though the article was submitted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the D.C. premiere. It was also a chapter of a planned book on unsuccessful musicals by Broadway greats. Another chapter of this unfinished project is on Noel Coward's The Girl Who Came to Supper, which premiered on Broadway on December 9, 1963. I thought of it when I found that someone had placed the entire original cast album on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nC78rR20hU&list=PLExHxFBlAc_RUW2xeh5voZD1lfY6zEeBM . I thought I'd share some of the article with you, especially since you can sample the score yourself.
I have written before on this blog on tribal sovereign immunity and patents in regard to a Patent and Trademark Office ruling confirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit http://www.johntaquino.com/Blog-- Substantially-Similar.html?entry=tribal-sovereign-immunity-and-patents . Given my background as a former executive director of a tribal association, I commented on the importance of this immunity for tribes, lamented that the PTO's Patent Tribal and Appeal Board had been somewhat glib in ruling that the immunity was inapplicable for its proceedings, and hoped that higher courts would provide a more detailed discussion.
Brexit (British exit from the European Union) is, to me, reflective of anger by those who feel ignored and abandoned by governments and those around them, of suspicions by those who, while they feel neglected, others, not always like them, are prospering; of a yearning for a national pride some people feel has waned; and, most especially, of a loss of faith. My thoughts have been assisted by those of (probably) William Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, and Matthew Arnold.
I have written reactions in this blog to the scandal in the Catholic Church about accusations that priests over the years had sexually abuse young men and children and that their supervisors had covered it up. On Sunday, March 31, there was either a coda or a new chapter.
My family on both sides is Italian, but we didn't speak Italian in the house because of the American melting pot" concept that ran through much of the 20th century and lingering prejudice against Italian-Americans. And yet, I did spend some of my youth listening to old Italian songs--on records, performed at parties, and sung at weddings. Those who have seen the movie The Godfather have heard the Neapolitan song "C'e la luna mezzo mare" sung by the mother of the bride in the opening wedding scene, and the song has been a frequent part of Italian-American wedding receptions. But translating or explaining or even singing these songs to certain audiences can be difficult because they tend to be, for want of a better word, earthy.