Coraline: new musical which opens on 1 Jun extends its run by two weeks



MCC Theater, in association with True Love Productions, have announced that the world premiere of the musical Coraline will extend its run by two weeks, and will now run through to 5 Jul 2009.

The musical, which began previews on 7 May 2009, opens at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on 1 Jun 2009. It was originally scheduled to close on 20 Jun 2009. This world premiere event marks a first ever musical offering by MCC Theater

Directed by Leigh Silverman, the musical stars Jayne Houdyshell as Coraline, and also features David Greenspan (Other Mother), Juilian Fleisher (Cat), Francis Jue (Father, Miss Forcible, Other Miss Forcible), January LaVoy (Mother, Miss Spink, Other Miss Spink), Elliot Villar (Mr. Bobo, Other Mr. Bobo) and William Youmans (Other Father).

Adapted from the terrifying children's book by Neil Gaiman (author of 'Sandman' and a 2009 winner of the Newberry Award, the top award for children's literature), this tale of menace and mayhem is set to music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, with : libretto by downtown actor/playwright, David Greenspan, who serves double-duty as the villainous 'Other Mother.' The musical is to be directed by Leigh Silverman.

Poor bored Coraline. She's left to rattle 'round her perpetually distracted, workaholic parents' house all by her lonesome. But late one night, her dreams of a better reality come true as she opens a big, carved, wooden door at the far end of the drawing room and passes into a perfect replica of her own world. When she's greeted there by a vastly loving 'Other Mother' and a kindly 'Other Father,' she's thrilled! But as the rats start to creep from the floorboards, and the way home becomes increasingly unclear, Coraline begins to suspect that, perhaps, all is not as perfect as it seems�