Coraline: complete cast announced for world premiere of new musical
MCC Theater, in association with True Love Productions, has announced the complete casting for the world premiere of the new musical, Coraline. Juilian Fleisher, Francis Jue, January LaVoy, Elliot Villar and William Youmans will join the previously announced Jayne Houdyshell (Caroline) and David Greenspan.
Coraline opens at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on 1 Jun 2009, following previews from 7 May and running through to 20 Jun 2009.
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 seemsï¿½
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