(hmm i may be missing the point entirely but dave often transposes pieces up a fourth interval for alto/sopranos from tenors/bass songs and vice versa so i dont think shoba singing the pacific means it has to be sung by an alto/soprano so it could still be sung by ishamel? that being said, i haven't read the novel in its entirety and i don't really know how the pacific fits in so it still could be a mate...(sorry if this is irrelevant))
Ahh don’t worry at all about missing the point or being irrelevant, that post didn’t really end up going to a specific point. Plus the transposing issue is completely true, I agree, and Shoba singing it doesn’t guarantee anything.
The only reason I made the presumption the song is intended to be sung by an alto/sop is that Dave specifically chose Shoba to be the first to “present it”, rather than chosing a bari/tenor to do so – and that I’d have thought on first presenting it you’d probably want it to be presented similarly to how you see it ending up in the show? But there could be other reasons and I could definitely be wrong
And yeah, the ‘who sings what’ issue I’m in all honestly very lost about. We just don’t know enough about how the musical Works yet for anyone to not be lost (I assume? If anyone’s not lost please… let me know). Even if I was correct and The Pacific is sung by an alto/sop, that doesn’t discount Ishmael from being the one singing it because of the multi-Ishmael issue (that at least in the early workshop run, multiple actors both male and female, are doubling as Ishmael along with another character). I was trying to guess who was singing it based on the content of the song, which is why I was confused that the content didn’t really line up with the content of that chapter
I think, between Dave’s general style of shows, and the ambiguity of the book, we’re potentially in for another show where there are some alternative/ambiguous elements in how the characters are presented. Which is great, except at this early stage I keep going in circles trying to figure out anything concrete
I mean, not that I think it’ll be quite On That Level, but we’re all still trying to understand Ghost Quartet after multiple years and a full live album after all