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Stephin Merritt Goes Nightmare Via Coraline

In Art Consortium on March 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Published in The Onion A.V. Club New York Edition
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The Magnetic Fields’ bass-toned mastermind Stephin Merritt has long penned songs about death, vampires, and the horrifically jaded. So it’s no wonder he was the man chosen to write music and lyrics for Coraline, an off-Broadway adaptation of the haunting stop-motion fairytale nightmare directed by Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride). As noted over at Pitchfork, the musical begins a special limited engagement on May 7 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village, and will feature Merritt’s compositions performed by a piano “orchestra” consisting of a toy piano, a traditional piano, and what the event site calls a “prepared piano” rigged with tinfoil, rubber bands, and playing cards. While Merritt himself won’t be performing in the musical, fans could hope his recorded versions will be available (otherwise, you can listen to his demo samples here, get tickets here, or settle for repeat listens to last year’s Magnetic Fields album Distortion).

Note: the New York edition of The Onion A.V. Club has shuttered, and no longer hosts this article.