New Opera – Law firm Investigates Law Firm

Let the fat Senator sing

Everyone is talking about the production of politically preposterous proportions now making the scene in Wisconsin. The plot centers around a king who is being investigated for corruption, a court who grabbed control of the land, and a group of truth singers who are being silenced in the rotunda of the castle.

The controversial production has been in rehearsal for a year and a half but only in fits and starts. The budget has been cut, sliced, and recalculated and the infighting amongst the director, the cast, and the investors has left the writers frustrated with cuts and revisions and, at times, whole scenes and arias have been lost or unavailable due to open records requests.

Finally, last week, it was announced that the whole work was cut back and a less ambitious operetta would replace the major work, and this reporter has learned through an unnamed source speaking in an undisclosed location that the new work will be billed as a “reality TV” work and the title of this new, scaled down production will be “Law Firm Investigates Law Firm”.

Video shot in undisclosed location

This reporter was not allowed access to the undisclosed rehearsal hall, but was privileged to view a black and white live stream of some of the major scenes after signing a confidentiality statement under threat of the loss undisclosed body parts.

Opening an Amateurish Overture

The opening of “Law Firm Vs. Law Firm” appeared to be stolen from the reject lyrics from “Gilbert and Sullivan” as legislators dressed as lawyers, or perhaps the other way around, played with the names of the two firms investigating one another. The law firm of Micheal Best & Friedrich failed to disclose documents regarding the GOP vote redistricting maps and is being investigated by Schiff, Hardin LLP. Yes. It is all very confusing, and unfortunately, the song does not make it any clearer.

Here is a portion of the black and white live stream:

Don’t give no LLP
We know what is Best
Don’t Friedrich my Hardin
Stop Schiffing my quest

….and it goes on form there.

What I was told was to be the “show stopper”

The aria by GOP Sen. Leah Vukmir was taken loosely from the news report regarding the undisclosed documents of the redistricting email chatter:

In one email, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, offered these thoughts about redrawing her district: “Western Wauwatosa — yes (more GOP),” “West Milwaukee — No (forgot to mention this part of current district — VERY Dem” and “Milwaukee — cop wards if needed.”

She also wrote in the May 4, 2011, message to Tad Ottman, an aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, “This is such a big task. So glad we are in control

Host Madison

It is clear how this aria is an obvious steal of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” and renamed the “Flight of Vukmir”, and even though the copy was apparent, the Vukmir version was every bit as haunting.

Leah appears on stage against a huge map projected on the scrim depicting a vote district in the shape of an elephant, while singing in a octave, twice her capability, the following lyric:

It is with pride
No trunk can hide
My heroic mission
A superior vision
Oh, oh Elephantidae
Oh say, Oh say, Oh Say
Can you see
It is Me, Me, Me!

and it goes on from there.

The Emperor’s Nude Clothes finale

The scene is an obvious reversal of the well know story.

I must admit I declined to view the final scene of the offering when the action was described: The lights come down and there is a long silence of a year and a half. Smoke billows and is caught in the deep red light to reveal Scott Fitzgerald in his naked abundance standing on his right leg. The Solidarity Singers appear, each bearing an article of clothing to cover his parts. They sing as they cover him with a fig leaf, a wife-beater tea shirt, and finally, with much applause, the tunic to cover the bulk of his nakedness. Now fully dressed, he gags the singers, one at a time and is left with the only unrestrained voice to sing a remake of the popular song with only a few changes in the lyrics: “I did it my way”.

The production is ongoing at noon on each weekday in the Capitol Rotunda. For tickets please call the Capitol Police line at: Non-Emergency Calls (608) 266-8797


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