Wordy Wednesday – “Every inch a king”

Isn’t it just one of those days that you wish people will randomly break out in song? Better yet, in Shakespeare related song?

You are probably aware of Shakespeare’s legacy on Broadway. Where would “West Side Story” be without Romeo and Juliet? And Cole Porter would be at a loss without Taming of the Shrew inspiring “Kiss Me Kate!” But the Bard has had his lines slipped more subtly into another great Broadway hit, in fact one of the most successful Broadway hits: “The Lion King”.

I was listening to “The Lion King” the other day and (not) singing along to my favourite song “The Madness of King Scar”. Of course there is the nod to Hamlet in Scar’s lament:

“Nobody loved me, there’s the rub, not even as a cub”

but Tim Rice also managed to slip a little bit of King Lear into the song that I hadn’t noticed before.

The song beings:

“I am that rare and awesome thing.

I’m every inch a king…”

which is a reference to Shakespeare’s lines:

Gloucester:
The trick of that voice I do well remember;
Is’t not the King?

Lear:
Ay, every inch a king! (Iv.vi)

How seamlessly Shakespeare’s words and phrases melt into our world!

Happy Wednesday!

Valeo amici.

Comments ( 2 )
  1. It’s a shame I didn’t have a chance to mention this post when I was giving a lecture on musicals today (and of course I had to mention Shakespeare!). A great post, I love the blog 🙂

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