Monday, January 10, 2011

Very Cool New Play for Tweens by Lemony Snicket

Yours truly went to Cal undergrad, and the good ol' Berkeley Rep is staging the world premiere musical production of Lemony Snicket's "The Composer is Dead". Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Mr. Snicket, lives in or around Berkeley will be on hand to sign copies of his book at the January 15th show.  Tweens will especially love Snicket's characteristic satire and deadpan delivery:

"There's dreadful news from the symphony hall—the composer is dead!
If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously?
In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. But the composer is still dead.
Perhaps you can solve the crime yourself. Join the Inspector as he interrogates all the unusual suspects. Then listen to the accompanying audio recording featuring Lemony Snicket and the music of Nathaniel Stookey performed by the San Francisco Symphony. Hear for yourself exactly what took place on that fateful, well-orchestrated evening."

"The Composer is Dead" runs until January 16th at the Berkeley Rep. If you can't make it to California for the show, you can check out a podcast of the author reading from this book here.

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