Virtuosic stage presence Roderick Cook found acclaim under the bright lights of London’s West End, establishing himself as a premier lead in Shakespearean productions of the '50s and '60s. Here, however, Cook’s theatrical bellows play host to a frolicsome folktale from the Brothers Grimm. "The Musicians of Bremen" follows four farmyard friends, too old to be of use to their masters, as they set forth for Bremen, intending to start new lives as musicians. On their way, the barnyard band runs across a gang of robbers. Hilarious havoc ensues, as Cook crows, haws, bleats, and barks his way through a rollicking riot between creatures and crooks. The eloquent Englishman Cook serenades listeners with warm, singsong intimacy, his vibrantly voiced characters teeming with old-world enchantment.
©1974 Ann Rogers; (P)1979 Weston Woods
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