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Stephin Merritt's 'Coraline' musical

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Coralinemerritt_l1I had a bias against the recent 3D stop-motion movie Coraline. Just before seeing it I wrote a feature about the charming Brendan Fraser, who had some pretty critical things to say about the movie’s director, Henry Selick. Fraser worked with Selick on the half-animated, half-live-action 2001 box-office bomb Monkeybone and recalled that the auteur “loved working with actors, as long as they were made from Play-Doh.” In fact, I found Coraline to be beautiful, nicely creepy, and all-around fantastic, although in fairness to Fraser, every actor in it is made from Play-Doh, or whatever the hell they construct these things from. Anyhoo, I’m pretty excited by the news of a forthcoming Coraline musical. The stage adaptation of the film — and Neil Gaiman’s original book — will premiere at New York’s Lucille Lortel Theatre on May 7 and feature songs by Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields fame. The latter has some previous experience with this kind of thing, having released a collection of songs inspired by the Lemony Snicket books.

Are you psyched about a Coraline musical? Is Merritt a good choice? Tell us what you think!

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