King Lear meet Morrissey: Reinterpreting Shakespeare through ‘80s new wave

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King Lear meet Morrissey: Reinterpreting Shakespeare through ‘80s new wave
By: Aaron R. Conklin, Madison Magazine, Jan 23, 2019

Info about the show:


Sean Michael Dargan and his band will play cover of songs by The Smiths and The Cure before performances of “A Serpent’s Tooth: The King Lear Musical” — the same '80s new wave music that inspired the music he composed for the show itself.


Dargan is a big fan of Morrissey’s vocals and lyrics, but for him, it’s the signature, jangling stylings of Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr that have always resonated. Extracting the DNA of a Smiths all time great song like “How Soon Is Now?” onto original music for this show has been a blast for him.

“If you write original music, you’re always trying to create chunks of the stuff you love into your songwriting,” says Dargan. “For a kid who was trying to figure it all out, that mourning and melodic mix just worked for me.”
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