Somewhere a snobby, homosexual indie-rocker with black-rimmed glasses is saying, “I told you it could be done.” [Note: Paris Hilton is not in the musical.]
Excerpt from All Things Considered:
The scene is a restaurant. Anne Frank sits at a table.
The actress says, “We have duck a l’orange, saffron couscous and steak. Or would you like to try some of our fine wines? Helga, darling? Please? Answer me?”
This is all in Frank’s imagination. In fact, she’s in a death camp, dying of typhus and losing her grasp on reality. Emma Feinberg plays Anne Frank. She’s a freshman at Lexington High School in Massachusetts and the play is called With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart. It’s about Frank’s final months at Bergen-Belsen. Faced with horror and brutality, she escapes into a world where prisoners and Nazi officers become circus performers.
If this sounds a little out there for a high school play, consider the source material: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel, an album released in 1998. The group was part of a collective of musicians living in Athens, Ga., called Elephant 6. Strange, dreamlike lyrics reference a two-headed boy, the king of carrot flowers, and Anne Frank, though never by name.
Read the rest of the article and listen to a sample song here.