Since his days as Carl Spackler on Caddyshack, Bill Murray has, in a number of ways, taken on the life of the Gopher that terrorized the Bushwood Country Club. The stories of his impromptu bartending at college parties, calling reporters for interviews through his famed toll-free 1-800 number, and overall elusive presence continue to pile up — and now is your chance to catch him, live in the flesh.
On April 12, Murray will bring a performance of his New Worlds album, a spoken word project he created with world-renowned German cellist Jan Vogler last year, to The Orpheum Theatre in Boston for a night of music, literature, and well, Bill Murray.
Joined by violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez, Murray and Vogler brought excerpts of literature, music and theater to life on New Worlds, with pieces from West Side Story and Huckleberry Finn, as well as songs by Van Morrison, Henry Mancini, and Johan Sebastian Bach, and the quartet will come together once again to bring those pieces to the stage.
In an interview with NPR this past fall, Murray discussed New Worlds, as well as the cultural relevance of the literature he chose to recite on the album. “We’re a group: A lady that was born in Venezuela, a lady that was born in communist China, and a man that was born in communist East Berlin, and a fella from around Chicago. And we’re talking about America as equals.”
While it will certainly be as close to Nick the Lounge Singer as we’ll get, the show is sure to illuminate a side of Murray that not many are used to seeing, but will be just as entertaining to see.
Get a taste of what this is all about via the video below, and score advance tickets here.