Members of The original cast of The Public Theater's critically-acclaimed musical February House will reunite at Joe's Pub on October 16th at 7:00pm for an evening of song, and to celebrate the release of the official February House original cast recording (StorySound, 10.16) produced by Gabriel Kahane and Ted Sperling.
Directed by Davis McCallum, the world premiere of February House debuted at The Public Theater in May 2012 as part of The Public's Musical Theater Initiative and enjoyed an extended run in The Martinson Theater. "Gabriel Kahane is one of the great bright lights of the American musical theater, a young man whose intellectual and spiritual depth is coupled with extraordinary artistic talent," writes Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis in the recording's liner notes. "He has created a jewel, a musical of impact and power which also announces the emergence of a major new voice in our theatrical landscape."
"It's the music that makes the magic in February House," raved Ben Brantley in the New York Times. Based on THE BOOK OF the same name by Sherill Tippins, February House tells the true story of Harper's Bazaar editor George Davis's attempts to found an artist commune in Brooklyn Heights during World War II.
With a score that is as eclectic and brilliant as the tenants of 7 Middagh Street, the February House cast recording shifts between contemporary art song, stripped-down folk, and nouveau tin-pan alley. Jerry Gerard of Bloomberg claims the work, "has introduced a vital new voice to the musical theater".
The Cast members performing at Joe's Pub on October 16th are: George Davis – Julian Fleisher; Carson McCullers –Kristen Sieh; W. H. Auden – Erik Lochtefeld; Chester Kallman – A. J. Shively; Benjamin Britten – Stanley Bahorek; Reeves McCullers – Ken Clark; Erika Mann – Stephanie Hayes; Gypsy Rose Lee – Kacie Sheik. For more details, please visit: February House Original Cast Recording Release.
Gabriel Kahane (Music and Lyrics). His most recent recording as a singer-songwriter is Where are the Arms, which was released in 2011. As a composer of concert works, he has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, the Caramoor Festival, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, for whom he serves as Composer-in-Residence from 2011-2013 through a Music Alive! grant from Meet-the-Composer. He has performed and/or recorded with, among others, Sufjan Stevens, Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, and composer/conductor John Adams. In October, he makes his Carnegie Hall solo debut in a concert devoted to his music. He was also a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 2010 and 2011.