February 1, 2017

The Lorelei

Book and Lyrics by Chandra McLelland

Music by Micah Joel

Two women.  One curse.  Kramer’s world is turned upside down when her husband’s company transfers him to Germany.  Eager to find her place in a new culture, she jumps at the chance to play the part of the legendary siren Lorelei in a local festival.  Myth and reality collide when Kramer encounters the actual Lorelei, a two-hundred-year-old woman intent on breaking the curse that traps her in St. Goarshausen—and willing to sacrifice everything to do it.  As Kramer is drawn into a world of wrecks and riddles, she finds herself taking on more and more elements of the Lorelei’s sirenic nature, even as the Lorelei herself becomes increasingly human.

The Lorelei was developed as a 90-minute thesis project at the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. It received an Equity 29-hour reading in April 2012 with a cast that included Anika Larsen, Catherine Cheng Jones, Adam Monley, James Moye, Pearl Sun, Jose Llana, and Curtis Wiley.