Coraline Goes from Film to Stage
One of the more successful graphic novel to film adaptations in recent memory was most definitely Coraline, and we received word that just last week it premiered on stage in (where else?) New York City.
Coraline is running from May 8th to June 20th, 2009, at the MCC Theater at The Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street in New York. Here's a synopsis from the MCC: A musical like no other, Coraline sprang from the minds of three of the most wildly popular cult figures of our time. Adapted from the terrifying children’s book by Neil Gaiman, this tale of menace and mayhem is set to music and lyrics by smart-rock iconoclast Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields (pictured) and boasts a book by celebrated downtown actor/playwright David Greenspan, who serves double-duty as the villainous Other Mother. Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell stars in the title role, and bringing it all together is acclaimed director Leigh Silverman.
In an interview with Decider.com, Merritt discusses "his mania for Neil Gaiman, John Cage, the importance of scaring kids, and what a rat’s accent sounds like." Here are a couple of excerpts:
Odd indeed, but also utterly fascinating. Hit the above link for the full interview, and click here for the official MCC Theater site, where you can get more info and order tickets. For more on Stephin Merritt, visit his site, The House of Tomorrow.
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