Magnetic Fields Compose The Tunes For Coraline Musical
Mar 19, 2009 20:51
Neil Gaiman's Coraline is getting a musical adaptation composed by the sharp witted, velvety voiced Stephin Merritt, whom some of you may know from Magnetic Fields. I couldn't have imagined a better indie dream team.
Sadly, Stephin Merritt won't be performing the songs he composed for the Coraline musical, but you can listen to little cuts from a demo with Merritt's vocals, and yes they are amazing. The music will be performed by a piano orchestra. What's that, you ask? Apparently a piano orchestra is a collection of a pianos from "a toy piano, a prepared and a prepared piano (a piano that has had its sound altered by attaching objects – such as tinfoil, rubber bands and playing cards – to the strings)." So while it's sad to imagine anyone else singing Merritt's work, this piano orchestra helps soften the blow quite a bit.
The musical was adapted by playwright David Greenspan and is being directed by Leigh Silverman. A special limited engagement runs on May 7th and will run until June 20th at New York City's Lucille Lortel Theatre.