Suzanne Vega's Off-Broadway Play Opens Tonight
Not just ballads, not just sad cafes
“I’ve never sung higher. I’ve never sung lower. I’ve never sung as many notes between.”
Folk-pop icon Suzanne Vega (“Luka,” “Tom’s Diner”) steps into a new entertainment medium tonight—her own off-Broadway musical. Carson McCullers Talks About Love premieres at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater with Vega front and center in her first star turn as an actress-she channels McCullers, the Columbus, Georgia, native who wrote The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Ballad of the Sad Café, and other enduring fictional works.
Vega co-wrote the songbook for the play with Duncan Sheik (“Barely Breathing”), who has himself moved from microphones in smoky bars to the lights of Broadway. Sheik won Tony awards for Spring Awakening in 2007. Kay Matschullat directs the play.
Vega performs as McCullers through virtually the entire performance, delving into the writer’s famously troubled life using spoken word and song.
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