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Anne Frank… the musical???

All is quiet on the blog front as all the good little students who got a week off of school scramble to get their belated finals done... Awwww...

When you have a homework break, this is my big "ewwwww" for the week. Someone is making "The Diary of Anne Frank" into a musical.

Rafael Alvero, the director and developer of “The Diary of Anne Frank: A Song to Life,” scheduled to open on Feb. 28 at the Calderón Theater in Madrid, insisted that the show was “very faithful” to the diary. He had support from the Anne Frank Foundation, which operates the museum in the building where the Frank family and others hid, and said the show would spread a message of tolerance. Mr. Alvero also pointed to musicals like “Les Misérables” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” that have dealt with serious subjects. “I do not think we have trivialized this story in any way,” he said. full story

Anne's last living relative is less than thrilled about the upcoming performance: “We are very much against it. The Holocaust is not a theme to be made into a musical,” Buddy Elias, Frank’s 82-year-old cousin, who is chairman of the Anne Frank-Fonds, a Swiss-based charitable organization that holds the copyright to “The Diary of a Young Girl,” said.

QUESTION: Is the holocaust not a theme to be made into a musical?

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