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.
Ticket for the performance goes on sale Monday March, 23 on the MCC Theater website.