“It’s going to be spooky music,” the Duluth musician announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning, in connection with the new stories from Broadway.com.
Director Sam Gold – who with his production of “Fun Home” won the theater’s biggest award for Best Directing in a Musical in 2015 – creates a new take on Shakespeare’s drama about greed and guilt, war and death. Lea said she has been contacted by the production about the use of her music for the performances, which are scheduled to open April 28 and run for 15 weeks at the Lyceum Theater.
Yay! I can finally announce it publicly … I’m creating the original music for a new Macbeth production on Broadway this spring! 🎭 Sam Gold directing, starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga – it’s gonna be scary music! ??https://t.co/NbB3M6s6B6
– Gaelynn Lea (@GaelynnLea) September 29, 2021
She met Gold via video conference and he specifically referred to the Finnish folk song “Metsakukkia” from her 2018 album “Learning How to Stay”. He told her he wanted something dark and ambient, mostly instrumental, and really intense, she said.
“I’m really excited,” Lea said. “It’s totally out of left field.”
Lea, who in non-COVID-19 times is an international touring lawyer and musician, has been based in Duluth, where she grew up, for the past year and a half. She traded new scenes for musical dispatches from home, available in streaming on YouTube, and a book project.
Now she also reads “Macbeth”.
“It’s really dark,” she said. “It’s going to be interesting to compose music for that. It’s going to be a change of direction. ”
Lea has co-created a soundtrack in the past: In 2011, she collaborated with Low’s Alan Sparhawk to create a score they performed live with the silent film “The Penalty”. This duo then performed together as The Murder of Crows.
Lea said she has been to a few production meetings for “Macbeth” before. In the coming months, she is expected to get a recording of a read table and a list of musical clues.
She is due to travel to New York in March, three weeks before the opening, to rework and record. She will work alongside award-winning sound designer Mikaal Sulaiman, who has partnered with Gold on an off-Broadway production of “Three Sisters” which was originally slated to open in 2020, but will now star in the 2022-2023 season in New York City. Theater workshop.
Gold’s cover of “Macbeth” is set to feature English actor Daniel Craig, known for his portrayal of James Bond, as well as Ruth Negga (“Loving”), with more casting announcements to be announced, according to Broadway. com.