Gabriel Kahane-Seth Bockley Musical February House Opens at Long Wharf; Off-Broadway Is Next

News   Gabriel Kahane-Seth Bockley Musical February House Opens at Long Wharf; Off-Broadway Is Next
 
The Long Wharf Theatre opens the doors on 1940's Brooklyn bohemia in February House, the new musical by Gabriel Kahane and Seth Bockley, which officially opens Feb. 22 prior to an Off-Broadway arrival at the Public Theater later this spring.

Kacie Sheik
Kacie Sheik Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Davis McCallum (Water By the Spoonful, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, Sex Lives of Our Parents) directs the co-production between Long Wharf and the Public. February House began previews in Waterford, CT, Feb. 15 and will continue through March 18.

February House has a book by Bockley and a score by Kahane. It will arrive Off-Broadway at the Public May 8-June 10, with the Long Wharf cast in tow.

Julian Fleisher portrays George Davis, who helped found the commune known as February House, located at 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights. Also featured are Stanley Bahorek (Spelling Bee, See Rock City) as Benjamin Britton with Kacie Sheik (Hair) as Gypsy Rose Lee, Erik Lochtefeld (Metamorphoses, Candide) as W.H. Auden and Kristen Sieh (Gatz, "Boardwalk Empire") as Carson McCullers.

Completing the cast are Ken Barnett (Wonderful Town, The Green Bird) as Peter Pears, Ken Clark (La Cage aux Folles) as Reeves McCullers, Stephanie Hayes (Eurydice) as Erika Mann and A.J. Shively (La Cage aux Folles) as Chester Kallman.

Based on the Sherill Tippins biography "February House: The Story of W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin Britten and Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof in Wartime America," the musical incorporates elements of classical operetta, jazz, musical comedy and modern folk-pop. Here's how the creators bill February House: "Bringing together some of the greatest and most colorful minds of a generation, including W.H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, George Davis tries to create his own utopia in a small house in Brooklyn Heights in the 1940s. The artists discover new ideas exploding at every turn as they find love, friendship and their own artistic voices in a time of war."

February House has scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Mark Barton, sound design by Leon Rothenberg and musical direction by Andy Boroson.  Danny Mefford is choreographer.

For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.

Julian Fleisher, Kristen Sieh, Stephanie Hayes and Erik Lochtefeld
Julian Fleisher, Kristen Sieh, Stephanie Hayes and Erik Lochtefeld Photo by T. Charles Erickson
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