New Gabriel Kahane Musical February House Will Get Cast Recording

By Adam Hetrick
June 15, 2012

The Off-Broadway production February House, Gabriel Kahane and Seth Bockley's new musical about Brooklyn bohemians in the 1940's, will get a cast recording.



Composer Kahane revealed the news via his Twitter account, and a representative for the Public Theater, where February House plays an extended run through June 17, confirmed the news to Playbill.com.

Additional details, including a record label, have not been announced. The recording is set to take place within the next week.

Davis McCallum (Water By the Spoonful, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, Sex Lives of Our Parents) directs February House, which officially opened May 22 at the Public. Andy Boroson is musical director.

Julian Fleisher portrays George Davis, who helped found the commune known as February House, at 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights. Also featured are Stanley Bahorek (Spelling Bee, See Rock City) as Benjamin Britten 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."

For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit Public Theater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.