HOME SOUNDcheck GOhear GOview GOread GOplaces DOmore


  » Contact Us
  » Advertise With Us

  » Classifieds
  » Newspaper Ads

Suzanne Vega's getting ready for what's next

For Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013

» See more SOUND CHECK

After recasting songs from throughout here career on her four "Close Up" albums between 2010-2012, Suzanne Vega is ready to move on to new material -- and she has some ambitious plans.

The singer/songwriter of "Luka" and "Tom's Diner" fame has been working with "Spring Awakening" composer Duncan Sheik on a play called "Carson McCullers Talks About Love," in which the late American writer is portrayed in both monologues and songs. The first version of the piece debuted in 2011 and earned Vega and Sheik a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Music in a Play, but Vega, 53, says there's still work to be done.

"I'm really happy with the songs but less happy with the (script)," she acknowledges. "We've been working on it, and we're now looking to start having some readings, probably in Los Angeles...to start seeing it as a playwright and see another actress in the role. And if it works the way I hope it works, I'll see if we can start touring it.

"It's a long, slow process, which I'm really happy with. I work slowly myself; the fact that all of this takes time doesn't bother me."

Vega also hopes to turn the McCullers songs into an album -- "People are always asking me where they can get the CD," she notes -- and she's also "gathering material towards a new album," which will be her first since 2007's "Beauty & Crime." "These songs seem to belong together," says Vega, adding that "I still love the CD format. I know we live in a world that's going back to the single idea; I have a niece in her mid-20s who's never bought a CD, just songs.

"So I know maybe a CD isn't the most current way of thinking, but I still love them, and when I think about making an album I still think about albums. So I'm planning to put something out probably the old-fashioned-way as a CD, as well as sort of batches of songs, too."

Suzanne Vega performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $40. Call 734-761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

Web Site: www.theark.org

Send your thoughts and comments to Gary Graff


GO & DO Michigan, an Entertainment Portal
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the written permission of the copyright holder.

© Copyright MediaNews Group, Inc. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Arbitration