Sheik's "Whisper House" CD to Arrive in Stores in January 2009

News   Sheik's "Whisper House" CD to Arrive in Stores in January 2009 A solo album based on Whisper House, the new musical by Tony-winning Spring Awakening composer Duncan Sheik, will arrive in stores in early 2009.

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Scheduled for a Jan. 27, 2009, release from RCA Victor, "Whisper House" finds Sheik performing songs he penned for the musical about a young boy living in a haunted New England lighthouse following WWII. The album has been described as a personal album by Sheik, rather than a concept recording of the musical.

Featuring a book by Kyle Jarrow, who co-wrote lyrics with Sheik, Whisper House has received two industry presentations in the past year under the direction of Keith Powell.

In a 2007 interview with Playbill.com, Sheik described the project in this way: "Basically, it's [about] a young boy [whose] father's killed in World War II, and the mother kind of has gone crazy, so he's sent to live with his aunt on the coast of Connecticut. She lives in a lighthouse. And the ghosts [are] the embodiments of all his fears but also all of his desires and his confused way of making his way in this world, having lost his parents and living in this remote place that feels very haunted. I would leave it to the audience as to whether the ghosts are real or a projection of his own making. There's a little bit of ambiguity there.

"They kind of function a little bit as a Greek chorus, if you will," Sheik said. "They're on stage. They're part of the play, but they're also the band, and they sing these songs that are in some way commentary on what's going on."

Sheik, who earned Tony Awards for his score and orchestrations on Spring Awakening, is also at work on the musicals The Nightingale and Nero with Tony-winning Spring Awakening collaborator Steven Sater.