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THE COVID-19 TANGO

Updated: Sep 23

What started off as an entry for a 3 minute film festival, turned into an entire parody of Kander and Ebb's "Cell Block Tango".


This was my 1st time using "Final Cut Pro" editing software, and I wrote, filmed, and edited this short film in 5 days! Hope you enjoy!!





COVID-19 TANGO LYRICS

Diana:

PLOP

Louise:

SWITCH

Winnie:

PING

Golde:

UH-HUH

Lizzie:

GROCERIES

Jeanie:

FITNESS

MC:

And now, the six merry millenials of the Bay Street jail in their rendition of the COVID-19 TANGO

Diana:

PLOP

Louise:

SWITCH

Winnie:

PING

Golde:

UH-HUH

Lizzie:

GROCERIES

Jeanie:

FITNESS

X4

ALL:

IN ISOLATION, IN ISOLATION

CORONA VIRUS IS TO BLAME

I’LL KEEP MY DISTANCE BUT FOR THE RECORD

I’M HOPING EVERYONE DOES THE SAME

Diana:

PLOP

Louise:

SWITCH

Winnie:

PING

Golde:

UH-HUH

Lizzie:

GROCERIES

Jeanie:

FITNESS

X2

Diana:

I met Thomas Jacobs about 10 years ago and we hit it off right away

So, we started living together

He'd go to work, he'd come home, we'd do “adult stuff”

And then I found out; he’s working from home…every single day!

I mean…he’s not even an “essential service”

Sharing a space 24/7 really kills the mood.

So last night, when he finished work, he was hoping for “adult stuff” as usual.

You know sometimes you just need some privacy

ALL:

IN ISOLATION, IN ISOLATION

CORONA VIRUS IS TO BLAME

I’LL KEEP MY DISTANCE BUT FOR THE RECORD

I’M HOPING EVERYONE DOES THE SAME

Diana:

PLOP

Louise:

SWITCH

Winnie:

PING

Golde:

UH-HUH

Lizzie:

GROCERIES

Jeanie:

FITNESS

X2

Louise:

You know how people have these little habits that get you down?

Like the news. The news channels like being really negative.

No not negative…catastrophic!

So I said to my TV, I said "you tell me to stay at home one more time",

and they did

So, I took the remote and I aimed it at the TV

…and changed the channel

Diana and Jeanie:

IN ISOLATION, IN ISOLATION

THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN ALL THE TIME

SO BE A HUMAN, AND DON’T BE SELFISH

HOARDING ESSENTIALS SHOULD BE A CRIME

Winnie:

Now I’m messaging my family and friends, while watching TV, and videos online.

I can’t focus on anything.

And I start developing this major headache.

It was crazy!

You know sometimes you just have to disconnect.

ALL:

I’LL KEEP MY DISTANCE BUT FOR THE RECORD

I’M HOPING EVERYONE DOES THE SAME

Golde:

Hebrew words

(Rough English translation I’m so sad, and I just want to go outside and see the heavens)

Lizzie:

Yeah, but did you stay at home?

Golde:

Uh-huh, not guilty.

Lizzie:

My best friend Joanna and I live in the same apartment complex

And her boyfriend Stuart always hung out with us

One night while practicing social and physical distancing,

We’re having a watch party of Tiger King

The three of us, ZOOMING, havin' a few laughs, and I ran out of essentials

So, I go out to Costco to get some

I come back, open the door,

And there's Joanna and Stuart

Stealing my most valuable possession

Toilet paper.

Well I was in such a state of shock I completely blacked out

I can’t remember a thing.

It wasn’t until later, when I was washing my hands for 20 seconds,

I even knew they were dead.

IN ISOLATION, IN ISOLATION

IT’S COMING UP TO 5 WEEKS LONG

BUT DON’T BE SELFISH, AND STAY INSIDE NOW

SO I DON’T SHAME YOU FOR BEING WRONG.

Lizzie (Diana, Louise, Winnie, Golde):

IN ISOLATION (IN ISOLATION), IN ISOLATION (IN ISOLATION)

CORONA VIRUS IS TO BLAME (CORONA VIRUS IS TO BLAME)

I’LL KEEP MY DISTANCE (I’LL STAY INSIDE NOW)

BUT FOR THE RECORD (BUT FOR THE RECORD)

I’M HOPING EVERYONE DOES THE SAME (HOPING EVERYONE DOES THE SAME)

Jeanie:

I loved working out more than I can possibly say.

I was a real athletic gal, a Fitness Instructor.

But I was always trying to find some space to workout at home

I tried working out in my kitchen, office, living room, and bedroom

I guess you could say I stopped working out because I kept getting injured

Beach season looks bleak, so I just said f@*# it!

ALL:

COVID-19, TEEN, TEEN, TEEN, TEEN

COVID-19, TEEN, TEEN, TEEN, TEEN

IN ISOLATION, IN ISOLATION

IT’S COMING UP TO 5 WEEKS LONG

I’M GOING CRAZY, BUT I’LL STAY IN HERE

SO YOU DON’T SHAME ME FOR BEING WRONG

IN ISOLATION, IN ISOLATION

CORONA VIRUS IS TO BLAME

I’LL KEEP MY DISTANCE BUT FOR THE RECORD

(I’M) HOPING EVERYONE DOES THE SAME

Diana:

Just give me some personal space

Louise:

Change the channel

Winnie:

Sometimes you just have to disconnect

Golde:

Hebrew words (English translation roughly “stay at home”)

Lizzie:

Order groceries online

Jeanie:

Just say f@*# it!

Diana:

PLOP

Louise:

SWITCH

Winnie:

PING

Golde:

UH-HUH

Lizzie:

GROCERIES

Jeanie:

FITNESS



CREDITS

Based on Kander and Ebb’s “Cell Block Tango”

Directed By: Robyn Deverett

Screenplay By: Robyn Deverett

Produced By: Robyn Deverett

Starring: Robyn Deverett…and introducing Michael J. Rubinger

CAST

(in order of appearance)

Diana (Plop): Robyn Deverett

Louise (Switch): Robyn Deverett

Winnie (Ping): Robyn Deverett

Golde (Uh-huh): Robyn Deverett

Lizzie (Groceries): Robyn Deverett

Jeanie (Fitness): Robyn Deverett

MC: Robyn Deverett

Thomas Jacobs: Michael J. Rubinger

Joanna: Robyn Deverett

Stuart (aka Stu): Robyn Deverett

Music By: John Kander

Lyrics Inspired By: Fred Ebb

Lyrics By: Robyn Deverett

Director of Photography: Robyn Deverett

Production Designer: Robyn Deverett

Editor: Robyn Deverett

Costume designer: Robyn Deverett

Co-Producer: Michael J. Rubinger

Lighting Design: Robyn Deverett

Casting by: Robyn Deverett & Michael J. Rubinger

Assistant to the Director: Michael J. Rubinger

Location Scout: Robyn Deverett

The story, all names, characters and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identifications with actual persons, places, buildings and product is intended or should be inferred.

The Producer wishes to thank:

⁃ Final Cut Pro 90-day free trial

⁃ Online sound effects

⁃ Online recording of Cell Block Tango Karaoke Track

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