Bill Murray is taking his act on the road this summer, but if you think that means the usual shtick the joke is on you.
The 66-year-old comedian's new stage production, "New Worlds," combines chamber music with readings from literary classics—for example, Murray will read an excerpt from Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" while Henry Mancini's "Moon River" is played by a classical trio that features Murray's collaborator, cellist Jan Vogler and his wife, violinist Mira Wang, along with pianist Vanessa Perez.
Other highlights include passages by Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote and Walt Whitman interspersed with tunes like the Gershwin brothers' "It Ain't Necessarily So," Stephen Foster's "Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair" and a medley from "West Side Story."
The show, which Murray describes as "the collision of America and Europe," will premiere July 20 at Festival Napa Valley in California. He'll also bring "New Worlds" to the Royal Conservatory in Toronto on October 13 and New York's Carnegie Hall on October 16.
A soundtrack album will be released in August.
The reaction to Murray's latest showcase is perhaps best summed up by "Lost in Translation" director Sofia Coppola, who stopped by to watch a recent rehearsal in a New York studio. "This is very unexpected," she told the New York Times. "But because it's Bill, I'm not surprised. He is always surprising. That's what's fun about him."
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