Alice Cooper's Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood

WOSU Radio

By Boyce Lancaster

In the tale of Peter and the Wolf, the wolf lives in the forest where Peter lives with his grandfather.  There is a pond in the clearing where Peter sometimes swims.  Along with the wolf, a duck, bird, and cat get involved. Eventually, hunters who had been tracking the wolf show up and Peter convinces them to take the wolf to a zoo.

What if the wolf had been in the zoo to begin with, that zoo was located near Hollywood, Peter's grandfather was an aging hippie, and instead of hunters, it took helicopters and a robot to track down the wolf after it escaped from the zoo?

Welcome to the unique world of Alice Cooper.

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is described as a prequel which gives us a bit of the back story. Cooper provides all of the voices, which he said was kind of like getting to be six or seven years old again. The tale is accompanied by animations and an app you can download, so youngsters can get involved in the story in a way more familiar and comfortable to them than a concert hall. Beyond Prokofiev, music by many other composers has been used to support various scenes and is performed, fittingly, by the young musicians of The National Youth Orchestra of Germany.

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