About the Show
Complete casting has been announced for MCC Theater’s world premiere musical production of Coraline, set to begin previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on May 7. The production, helmed by Leigh Silverman and starring Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell and librettist David Greenspan, opens June 1, playing its limited engagement through June 20.
Joining Houdyshell and Greenspan are Julian Fleisher Save It for the Stage, MCC’s Miscast, Francis Jue Yellow Face, Thoroughly Modern Millie, January LaVoy Signature Theater’s Home, Two Trains Running, Joy, Elliot Villar The Public’s The Brothers Size and William Youmans Wicked, The Pirate Queen, Titanic.
Coraline, adapted from author Neil Gaiman’s twisted children's book, features music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. The story of bored 9-year-old Coraline, left to rattle around her perpetually distracted, workaholic parents’ house all by her lonesome, turns wild when 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.
The production will mark the first musical ever produced by MCC. The Focus Features animated film version of Coraline opened at theaters nationwide on February 9.