"Just sad, dead people singing songs is pretty much my oeuvre." Say no more, Duncan Sheik. We're all in.
The Civilians' presentation of the new musical ghost story Whisper House begins January 11 at 59E59 Theaters, ahead of a January 20 opening night. Watch writers Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow in the video above discuss the origins of the new work and get a sneak peek at the number "Tale of Solomon Snell" from the rehearsal room.
Whisper House features music and lyrics by Sheik (Tony-winning composer of Spring Awakening) and a book and lyrics by Jarrow (Tony-nominated for the book for Spongebob Squarepants), and was conceived with Keith Powell. The Civilians Artistic Director Steve Cosson directs the work, with choreography by Billy Bustamante.
Set during the height of World War II, Whisper House follows a young boy who is sent to live with his Aunt Lily, and Yasuhiro, who works with her, on the remote coast of Maine. Before long, the young Christopher begins to hear strange music seeping through the walls of his new eerie lighthouse home.
The cast includes Samantha Mathis (33 Variations, Billions) as Lily, Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening) as Male Ghost, Jeb Brown (Beautiful) as The Sheriff, Wyatt Cirbus (Finding Neverland national tour) as Christopher, Molly Hager (Waitress) as Female Ghost, and James Yaegashi (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Marvel's Runaways) as Yasuhiro.
The production features wind orchestrations by Simon Hale, orchestrations by Sheik and Jason Hart, additional musical arrangements and music direction by Wiley DeWeese, scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Jorge Arroyo and Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Ken Travis. Megan Dickert serves as production stage manager, and Annie Wang is the dramaturg.
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