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December 4, 2006

Grammar – 16 The Enron Musical and an MM Quiz

Filed under: Language — Rajesh @ 7:32 pm

It is too good a story to be left to the judges and the jury.  With plenty of elements of drama packed in that saga, the Enron fraud has been taken up to be produced as a musical. If you are planning to see this stage production, these are some of the songs you can expect. The following list will tell you the situations (what, you’ve forgotten?) and the songs they have inspired. You’d certainly remember the latter!

[1] Enron’s Jeff Skilling is unfavourably compared to Maria of Sound of Music. So it is
How do you solve a problem like Jeff Skilling?
[2] Enron disastrously invested in Nigerian waterways. The song? There’s no business like barge business.
[3] Once Enron’s “creative accounting” came to light, the company was dragged to court. On stage the Enron members of the cast might march singing Get me to the court on time.
[4] Remember VP Sherron Watkins? She warned the bosses that their accounting practices would one day implode in their face. Musically the memo she sent would be You got trouble in Bayou city.
[5] Enron’s energy price speculation will ring out as California! (Do you hear Oklahoma!?)
Mark Fraser, who wrote the play asked people to view the effort as a social satire. He said he was very conscious of the fact that a lot of people lost their jobs and their life savings in the scandal.
Now the MM quiz. The Guardian Newspapers Limited report (the information above came from that) on the musical had this sentence:

The Enron fraudster, who begins a 24-year prison sentence this month, has been immortalised in song for a musical account of the collapse of the $60 billion energy company, which opens in Houston this week-end.  

Mmm…  You know what it is, right? Do try to rejig it. I have a strong feeling the sentence should be broken into two.

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5 Comments »

  1. Hi
    i do not understand the california oklahoma thingy
    pl explain

    Comment by Varun Chablani — December 4, 2006 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Varun,
    It’s nothing much. “Oklahoma” is another famous song. Enron had something to do with energy prices shooting up in California. So the musical has a song on the lines of “Oklahoma”.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — December 5, 2006 @ 6:53 am | Reply

  3. Let me try…

    The Enron fraudster, who begins a 24-year prison sentence this month, has been
    immortalised in a song. The song is part of a musical, which opens in
    Houston this week-end, on the collapse of the $60 billion energy company.

    ?

    Comment by Rashmi — December 5, 2006 @ 10:41 am | Reply

  4. The Enron Musical

    Trackback by PutVote.com — December 6, 2006 @ 12:16 am | Reply

  5. Hi Rashmi,
    Very warm! But the last part, “on the collapse of the $60 billion energy company” still has to be added to “musical”, right? Also, immortalised in song , without the “a” means “in music”.
    Look at these: [1] The Enron fraudster, who begins a 24-year prison sentence this month, has been immortalised in song. This musical account of the collapse of the $60 billion energy company opens in Houston this week-end.
    [2] The Enron fraudster, who begins a 24-year prison sentence this month, has been immortalised in song for a musical account of the collapse of the $60 billion energy company. The show opens in Houston this week-end.
    What do you think?

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — December 6, 2006 @ 9:48 pm | Reply


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