Bill Murray has been a fan favorite comic and actor for decades. Apparently, the acclaimed actor performed in one of the oldest stages on earth. For the concert movie project Bill performed a majestic concert at the Acropolis of Athens.
The setting is the nearly 2,000-year-old stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Comedy legend Bill Murray, cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez gather for an immersive evening celebrating music, literature and poetry. The concert movie is called New Worlds: The Cradle of Civilization.
The documentary style concert film was filmed in June 2018. New Worlds: The Cradle Of Civilization captures the final night of their 2018 tour. The team put together a setlist that included classical pieces by Shostakovich, Schubert and Bach.
Along with the classics, there were readings from American authors such as Whitman, James Fenimore Cooper, Ernest Hemingway and songs by Tom Waits and Van Morrison. Murray was well aware that many of his fans might not associate him with such works. Bill sarcastically joked “This stuff, it’s just junk, what we’re doing.” to meet the audience halfway while he was performing.
Bill Murray wished to make the material more accessible to the mainstream audience. “There’d be people going: ‘Oh, I like that guy Bill Murray. I’ve seen his movies. He’s funny,’” Murray said. Bill proceeded to explain how he broke the tension with the audience in the wholesome and funny Bill Murray fashion. He discussed the matter in detail in his interview with Kevin EG Perry from The Independent.
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