Listening to: Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead”

MUSIC BY NATHANIEL STOOKEY
CONCEIVED FOR THE STAGE BY: LEMONY SNICKET, PHANTOM LIMB (JESSICA GRINDSTAFF & ERIK SANKO, ARTISTIC DIRECTORS) TONY TACCONE & GEOFF HOYLE
DIRECTED BY TONY TACCONE
MAIN SEASON | RODA THEATRE
NOVEMBER 26, 2010–JANUARY 15, 2011
WORLD PREMIERE

 

THE PLAY
The show must go on? But the actor is mute, the director is crying, the dancer is lazy—and the composer is dead! This holiday season, Berkeley Rep presents a deliciously silly world premiere from beloved Bay Area artists. Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead features text by bestselling author Lemony Snicket and a score by (living) composer Nathaniel Stookey. It’s a new theatrical adaptation of this wildly popular piece. Tony Taccone’s raucous production unleashes laughs through classic clowning and plenty of uppity puppets from the pioneering Phantom Limb Company (Jessica Grindstaff and Erik Sanko, Co-Artistic Directors). When Geoff Hoyle pops up as an outlandish inspector bent on solving a murderous riddle, the show crescendos into comic absurdity. To the delight of children and adults alike, Lemony Snicket’s The Composer is Dead comes alive on stage.

In much anticipation of Berkeley Rep’s production of The Composer is Dead I purchased the children’s book from Amazon.com, knowing that it comes with a CD of the San Francisco Symphony performance of The Composer is Dead.

Take a listen to a few tracks of this 18-song album. I don’t want to give the ending away, so here are the first 5 tracks off the CD. It looks like a perfect accompaniment to a great children’s book. I’m very interested to see how Berkeley Rep turns this into a theatrical event with Phantom Limb’s puppets.

1. “The Composer is Dead”

2. “The Inspector was a Very Handsome and Intelligent Person…”

3. “…We Could Mention”

4. “Perhaps the Murderer is Lurking in the Woodwinds…”

5. “…The Inspector Said”

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