It all started with the $5.00 purchase of an Edgar Allan Poe anthology found at a local bookstore. EDGAR ALLAN POE’S NEVERMORE is a thrilling musical, which premiered at the Signature Theatre in 2006, and uses Poe’s poetry and short stories as its base and his shifting obsession with the women in his life as its catalyst. With hauntingly beautiful melodies, NEVERMORE breathes new life into Poe’s work and explores a twisted true-life tale that is as bizarre as his classic stories of the macabre. The title was taken from Poe’s famous poem “The Raven,” and it’s ominous and haunting heading permeates the story.
Grace Barnes, bookwriter, and Matt Conner, composer of this gripping new musical, were drawn to Edgar Allen Poe’s masterful poetry, and discovered that it would lend itself beautifully to song. Conner explains, “The language, imagery and colors found in his writing matched perfectly to construct a sound of hauntingly beautiful melodies.” While discussing his inspiration to create this piece, Conner illustrates, “It all began with the poem “Dreams”. It was in the back of the book lending itself to easy access. Upon stumbling on a melody that lifted the words into a song of hope, my journey into this American poet’s diary seemed only to increase.”
Edgar Allan Poe, a 19th Century poet and author of short stories, was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1809. Orphaned as a child, Poe was taken in by the Allan family in Richmond, Virginia. Poe’s undoubtedly cheerless prose perhaps found its beginnings in his tumultuous childhood. Death and the process of decay served as a theme for much of Poe’s writing, both in poetry and in prose, and his haunting work is a staple in the American poetry canon.
Conner invites us to take a dark, mysterious, musical journey into the heart and soul of Edgar Allan Poe, America’s first truly visionary poet. NEVERMORE’s intimate, 6-person cast takes the audience on a twisted ride, in turns chilling them and tugging at their heartstrings. Conner’s pride in his unique work shines as he affirms, “I truly believe the collaboration on this piece was very unique and became a fine tapestry intertwining history and literature with music.”
For information on licensing your production of NEVERMORE, visit the show’s homepage at www.theatricalrights.com.