Lou Reed Gets Poe-etic
Lou Reed and stage director Robert Wilson have teamed up to create "POEtry," a musical journey through the spooky and often spine-tingling works of author Edgar Allen Poe. The show will open Nov. 27 aLou Reed and stage director Robert Wilson have teamed up to create "POEtry," a musical journey through the spooky and often spine-tingling works of author Edgar Allen Poe. The show will open Nov. 27 at New York's German Thalia Theatre, and will be presented in English and German, with English subtitles. The 12-performance run is part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM 2001 Next Wave Festival.
Reed wrote 13 songs -- as well as an overture and libretto -- incorporating such famous Poe texts as "The Raven" and "The Fall of the House of Usher," and is credited for writing the book, music, and lyrics for the show. Wilson's staging is described as "surrealistic" and "nightmarish."
"POEtry" marks the second collaboration between Reed and Wilson, who created 1996's stage presentation "Time Rocker." As was done for that show, Reed is working on an album of the play's material with producer Hal Wilner. On stage, the music will be performed by the Time Rocker Band.
Performances of "POEtry" are scheduled on Nov 27, 29, 30, Dec 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, with additional matinee performances on Dec. 1, 2, and 8. Tickets -- $25, $50, and $80 -- are available by calling 718-636-4100.
The Poe project is not Reed's only current foray into poetry, as the artist will take part in "An Evening of Words and Music by Doc Pomus," Nov. 7 at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery in New York. The event will celebrate the legendary songwriter's work, with Reed, Wilner, Jimmy Scott, Dr. John, Eric Mingus and others reading from Pomus' journals, as well as his published and unpublished lyrics. For more information, contact 212-674-0910.