1962: “Stop the world, I want to get off”. According to Oscar Levant, the play’s title was derived from a graffito. The show, set against a circus backdrop, focuses on Littlechap from the moment of his birth until his death. Each time something unsatisfactory happens, he calls out ‘Stop the world!’ and addresses the audience.
…As an aside, watching Sammy Davis perform his medley of songs from “Stop The World: I Want To Get Off”, is as good an artistry of performance delights, imaginable. In sports jargon, an athlete is referred to as being in a zone.
So, stealing from their book, there as I sleep in front of my television, good tastes of life are free to return; meanings and what can be gleaned from dreams far too short to be remembered, yet some way, somehow banked for another day.
For a moment or two, I have stopped the world, soon to awaken. I have chosen not to get off.