A blog devoted to the works of Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, Future Bible Heroes, The Gothic Archies, et al. This blog will feature news related to his work, as well as occasional fanboy gushes from the author. Thank you for stopping by, and may all your dreams come true.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Coraline in Chicago

So, my life has gotten busy enough with work, wedding-planning, and cat-petting that prioritizing this blog has become difficult. That being said, I'm still an avid fan of the music this blog covers and am remorseful to be less a part of the scene than I may have been once upon a time. Therefore, it's only appropriate that I return now because my excitement is on FUCKING OVERLOAD to tell you that there is to be a production of Coraline in Chicago!

The play, originally written by Stephin Merritt and David Greenspan, is presented by Black Button Eyes Productions and is to be directed by Ed Rutherford. Its run starts August 8th and continues into September. Having been unable to travel to see the play during either of its previous productions, it should go without saying that I am inordinately excited to see the play in my own city!

For more information, you can go to the website linked above, follow the production on Facebook or Twitter, or bring a sleeping bag and sleep outside the theater until the play begins. Below is a video of the cast and musical director rehearsing the play's overture. If you're unfamiliar with the music, I'd highly recommend buying a copy of the original off-Broadway production's cast recording (featuring David Greenspan as the Other Mother) from Sh-K-Boom, as it's some of Mr. Merritt's most interesting work. It's experimental and weird and yet totally accessible from a musical theater standpoint and goddamn it I'm just excited to finally get to see this play!