09 April 2009

Coraline, the Off-Broadway Musical

After enchanting moviegoers coast to coast earlier in the year, Coraline is set to takeover the New York Theater World this Spring.

The new musical production of Coraline, with lyrics and music by The Magnetic Fields Stephin Merritt, makes it's world premiere in the Big Apple beginning May 7th 2009.

Can't wait until May? Head over to the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher St) on Tuesday evening, April 21st, for a conversation with the creative team and an exclusive performance from Stephin Merritt.

This one night only event will peel back the curtain and allow you to discover the process of bringing Neil Gaiman's novel, Coraline, to the stage.

Bill Goldstein, of the New York Times and WNBC’s "Saturday Today in New York", will moderate a discussion between the creative team of Stephin Merritt (composer), David Greenspan (book writer), Leigh Silverman (director), and Jayne Houdyshell (Coraline), and take questions from the audience.

The evening will conclude with a first-ever public performance of one of Coraline’s songs, performed on the ukulele and sung by composer/lyricist Stephin Merritt.

Buy tickets here

**Edit to add: Is this show for kids? Well, it depends. I've heard some of the music and it's creepy, the kind of pervasive oddness that will haunt for days after more so than shock at first blush. The theater recommends 8 and up, and that's probably a good barometer, but you should know your own child before walking into Coraline the Musical, much like Coraline the film.**

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