Ladies and Gents, get excited for Frank London’s A Night in the Old Market Place showing on January 22 at 8pm!
(Manu Narayan as The Badkhn)
We were lucky enough to take a peak at the rehearsal yesterday and hear a couple of the eerily beautiful songs from the show.
Walking into the Hunter Theater, we saw a giant projector screen with animations that were taking place behind the actors; catching your attention and making you feel unsettled in the best way.
The band is visible to the audience! Instruments such as the grand piano, an accordion, a tuba, and of course, trumpet by Frank London, will pour out Klezmer-jazz music spelled out in minor key.
Set in a market place in an old rural village, three men are blaming themselves for the death of the young bride, Sheyndele, who hurled herself into a well 20 years ago. In efforts to redeem themselves, the men ask a gargoyle to bring back the young bride from her watery grave.
(Oh! It’s our PA Intern, Charles Jabour, filling in for the Narrator! )
The musical is currently a work-in-progress and is based off of the 1907 Yiddish play, Bei Nakht Altn Mark. The adaptation features music by Frank London (who has worked with artists such as Natalie Merchant, Ben Folds Five, and Iggy Pop) and book and lyrics by Glen Berger (who recently co-wrote the book for the musical version of Spiderman! Yea!)
The narrative story features dark comedy and ghoul-ish lighting that will send your imagination into a supernatural spell. Talks of corpses, cemeteries, gargoyles, and wonders give the actors the opportunity to play and tell a story. (The actors are playful. During a “hold” we could hear them singing silly tunes such as “On the Road Again” and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline.)
So be sure to join us on January 22 at the old market place! Visit MASS MoCA’s website for ticket info!
Photo Credits to Danelle Cheney!