The Homeroom Bell Rings
Alex Ross, among others, presents this concept for a Ring production. I sort-of half-like it. Seeing the twilight of the gods as a twilight of the smart set would give me great pleasure.
Götterdämmerung a la John Hughes sounds interesting and amusing, but is - ultimately - the dumbest thing I have ever heard. If a Marxist-Industrial Revolution Ring and Harry Kupfer's Star Wars productions were vile, Eurotrash Regietheater, then a Sixteen Candles Ring is just as bad. Listen, I like Regietheater, but I loath logical inconsistency. If staying true to Wagner's concept is important, than the Valkyries bobbysoxing it up and replacing "Ho-jo-to-ho!" with Toni Basil's "Mickey" is a disgusting, execrable idea.
Minimalism, brutalism, modernism. That is timeless theater. This ain't, much as I am amused.