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Fun Facts About Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega

January 23, 2014
Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega is headed to Booth Playhouse in May. The singer-songwriter has made it in the top 10 of various international charts with “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner,” both from her sophomore album “Solitude Standing,” and has gone on to release more than eight albums, live CDs and DVDs, and career retrospectives.

In 2010, Vega began to release several volumes titled “Close Up,” which find her reimagining songs from her vast catalog in a stripped down, unadorned setting, placing emphasis on her lyrical talent and hushed melodic sensibility. The first three volumes have received worldwide critical acclaim.

Want to know more? Below are some fun facts you probably didn’t know about Vega:

Film and TV
There have been quite a few references to Vega and her music in a variety of television programs and movies: Pulp Fiction, “The Simpsons,” “Seinfeld,” “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “Space Ghost,” “Becker,” “Felicity,” “Beavis and Butthead” and The Truth About Cats and Dogs, to name a few.

“Caramel” Featured in Trailer for Film Closer
Vega’s “Caramel” has been featured in the trailer to the Mike Nichols film Closer. The movie is described as “an intriguing story of passion, drama, love and abandonment involving two couples, which only gets more complicated when the man from the first couple gets acquainted with the woman from the second coupling.” It stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Julia Roberts.

Desperately Seeking Suzanne?
Vega was asked to audition for the lead in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and The Color Of Money …. as well as for the lead roles in “Miami Blues” (which went to Jennifer Jason Leigh), and the red-haired nun in Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg.

The “Tom’s Diner”/”Seinfeld” Connection …
The establishing exterior shots of Monks Diner in the sitcom “Seinfeld” is actually of Tom’s Restaurant in New York City. Tom’s Restaurant is the setting for Suzanne’s “Tom’s Diner.”

Vega in Pulp Fiction — Quentin Tarantino a Fan …
In the DVD and laser disc editions of Pulp Fiction, there is a deleted scene that has Vincent Vega (John Travolta) picking up Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) to go to dinner at Jackrabbit Slim’s. Mia is filming Vincent, and this is their dialogue:

Mia: What’s your name?
Vincent: Vincent Vega.
Mia: Any relation to Suzanne Vega?
Vincent: Suzanne Vega’s my cousin.
Mia: Suzanne Vega the folk singer is your cousin?
Vincent: Suzanne Vega is my cousin. If she’s become a folk singer, I sure as hell don’t know nuthin about it.

In an interview in Playboy magazine, film director Quentin Tarantino said, “The Go-Go’s were terrific, and their songs seemed poignant and real. But even they were basically singing about their boyfriends, too. So I don’t know if you actually get insight from girl groups. If you want to learn about how a woman feels, you might want to listen to someone like Suzanne Vega.”

CLICK HERE for all the details about Vega’s show, which is coming to Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on May 11.

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