Triangle audiences usually don’t have to wait long to experience cutting-edge performers and the latest shows. Here’s some of what’s new coming our way this fall:
St. Vincent (Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, Sept. 5; PNC Arena, Raleigh, Dec. 5): Annie “St. Vincent” Clark was already a rising star this past spring when she was announced as one of the Hopscotch festival’s main-stage acts. She has since rocketed to stardom, thanks to career-making performances on “Saturday Night Live” and with Nirvana’s surviving members at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert. After Hopscotch, she’ll be back in December to open for Black Keys at PNC arena.
“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (PlayMakers Repertory Company, Sept. 17-Oct. 5): Christopher Durang’s 2013 Broadway hit won the Tony Award for Best Play. PRC gets the first area performance of this comic riff on Anton Chekhov’s plays set in today’s pop culture.
“The Landing” (Deep Dish Theater Company, Oct. 31-Nov. 22): The first local production of a new musical by John Kandor (“Cabaret” and “Chicago”) that played in New York in late 2013. This quirky, moving set of three one-act musicals explores growing up, foster dads and bored wife fantasies.
“Curlew River” (Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, Nov. 6-7): Co-commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts and three similar presenters in New York, California and the U.K., this highly praised new production of composer Benjamin Britten’s 1964 vocal parable, about a mad woman grieving over her lost child, was first seen in London last November. The format is similar to that of a medieval mystery play, with an overlay of 13th century Japanese Noh drama minimalism. It stars noted British tenor Ian Bostridge with settings by video designer Netia Jones.
“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” (Durham Performing Arts Center, Nov. 14): A Southern gothic musical of tense sibling rivalry by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp and horror novelist Stephen King, with T-Bone Burnett handling musical direction. This tour is only the second set of performances after the Atlanta premiere in May 2012.
“The Measure of All Things” (Duke Performances at Reynolds Industries Theater, Durham, Nov. 15): A documentary by filmmaker Sam Green about people, places and things that hold world records, narrated live by Green, with live soundtrack played by new music sextet, yMusic. This live version debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014.
Roy C. Dicks and David Menconi