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 has a book by Bockley and a score by Kahane. It will run Feb. 15-March 18, with an official opening set for Feb. 22 at Long Wharf.
February House will then arrive at the Public May 8-June 10, with the Long Wharf cast in tow.
Bahorek (Spelling Bee, See Rock City) will play Benjamin Britton with Sheik (Hair) as Gypsy Rose Lee, Lochtefeld (Metamorphoses, Candide) as W.H. Auden and Sieh (Gatz, "Boardwalk Empire") as Carson McCullers.
Also featured will be Ken Barnett (Wonderful Town, The Green Bird) as Peter Pears, Ken Clark (La Cage aux Folles) as Reeves McCullers, musician Julian Fleisher as George Davis, 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 will have 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 will choreograph.
For tickets visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.