Friday, April 10, 2009

Palmer Dolls up Lexington High drama dept.

From today's Hotline: Turns out you can go home again. If you’re Amanda Palmer, that is.

The part-time Dresden Doll returns to her roots next month when she stages a play at Lexington High School with her former theater teacher, Steven Bogart. Palmer graduated in 1994.

The work, tentatively titled “The Needle That Sings in Her Heart,” is centered around the thoughts of Anne Frank and features a cast of 20 students. Music and lyrics are inspired by a much different source: Neutral Milk Hotel’s seminal 1998 indie rock album, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.”

“There was a real sense of wild experimentation with Steve Bogart,” Palmer says in a press release. “I’m afraid that people will hear the words ‘high school drama’ and assume that this stuff will be corny and immature, and I can’t stress enough how intelligent and profound these kids are.. I’ve seen workshop shows through the years at that high school that rival most stuff in downtown New York.”

The shows, which take place May 7-9 at the LHS auditorium, are open to the public. Tickets are $10. Advanced sales at

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