Bill Murray at McCarter Theatre, April 5
New Worlds: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends
Bill Murray, actor
Jan Vogler, cello
Mira Wang, violin
Vanessa Perez, piano
Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
“Spot on. The evening’s journey was unpredictable and affecting – old-fashioned entertainment that was sophisticated but with zip and heart.” – Globe & Mail
Bill Murray at McCarter? And he sings? Assuming you read it correctly, you will benefit from the unique friendship and collaboration between the renowned Hollywood star and cellist Jan Vogler. How did it happen? Murray and Vogler met during their travels, became friends, and curious about each other’s artistic world and interests, decided to work together on a project—a program that celebrates the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. Murray became hooked on classical music after meeting the cellist, and together they created an evening of songs and literary readings paired with chamber music by Vogler and his colleagues—violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez. Murray, as both singer and narrator, brings his charm and wit to songs by Foster, Gershwin, Bernstein, and Mancini, and readings of classic American prose and poetry by Whitman, Twain, Thurber, and Hemingway, in dialogue with Vogler’s trio in music by Ravel, Bach, and Shostakovich. The result: two masters of their art in a fascinating and once-in-a-lifetime encounter between great music and great literature, representing the charm, energy, and creative force of The New World.