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Coraline Takes the Stage

Posted May 07, 2008

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Neil Gaiman's dark childhood fantasy Coraline is slated for a magical time next year. First the novella will be coming out as a 3-D animated feature film directed by Henry Selick (of The Nightmare Before Christmas fame. Next it will be coming to stage as a musical with a soundtrack by downtown composer Stephin Merritt. Although Merritt had many incarnations, he is perhaps most famous for being the driving force behind the group the The Magnetic Fields, who have just released the album Distortion, a concept project that deploys distortion as a harmonic element in every song. Merritt's website House of Tomorrow reports that "The theatrical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's "Coraline," with music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt and book by David Greenspan, will have its world premiere at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre Theater from May 6 to June 20, 2009." But Merritt is not the only Magnetic Fields' member to dabble in macabre children's fiction. The occasional Fields accordion player Daniel Handler writes under the name Lemony Snicket the famed collection "A Series of Unfortunate Events," which itself was turned into a movie several years earlier. Interestingly, the Coraline (movie) soundtrack will feature music by They Might Be Giants, another New York-based indie band.