Anne Frank: The Musical
Posted on Feb 22, 2008
There’s an adage that cautions against making jokes about such categorically unfunny topics as the Holocaust ... but how about making musicals? This just in: The BBC brings word from Spain of the staging of a new musical, “Anne Frank: A Song to Life,” which at times features “Kitty,” a perhaps unwisely (and too literally) conceived character.
My bet is that this show will be a huge box office draw in Spain.
The audience lapped up the eclectic mix of musical styles - from Latin rhythms to Jewish folk melodies and the guitar rock beloved of Spaniards in the 1980s.
[...] The diary, which went on to become a historical treasure and sell 40 million copies, was often referred to by Anne as “Kitty”. Here, Kitty is given a human face, in the form of an on-stage alter-ego played by Basque actress Patricia Arizmendi.
AP photo / Victor R. Caivano
Cuban actress Isabella Castillo takes on the auspicious role of Anne Frank in “Anne Frank: A Song to Life,” of which Frank’s only living relative is not a fan.