Cast set for Gabriel Kahane Musical, "February House" at Long Wharf

Casting is complete for the world premiere of the Gabriel Kahane musical, "February House" which begins performances Feb. 15 at Stage II New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre. The show will run through March 18.

The show will also platy off-Broadway's Public Theater later in the spring.

Stanley Bahorek, Ken Barnett, Ken Clark, Julian Fleisher, Stephanie Hayes, Erik Lochtefeld, Kacie Sheik, A.J. Shively and Kristen Sieh comprise the ensemble, directed by Davis McCallum. Seth Biockley wrote the book to the show and Kahane wriote the music and lyrics.

Written by up-and-coming composer Kahane, the score mixes elements of classical operetta, jazz, and musical comedy with modern folk-pop. In addition to his work on "February House," Kahane has recently released his second album, entitled “Where Are The Arms,” debuted his song cycle "Orinoco Sketches" with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and embarked on a solo tour. He also performed with Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright, Punch Brothers, and Audra McDonald.

The musical is based on Sherill Tippins’ literary 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.” At Seven Middagh Street, a shabby Brooklyn brownstone, this disparate group of artists fell in love, partied, fought and created in a utopian environment that would later dissipate.

Some of the greatest minds of the mid 20th century assemble in a small house in Brooklyn to create great art and a whole new way of looking at the world. “It is a kind of romp,” the theater's artistic Gordon Edelstein says. “This musical is about breaking out. It is a celebration of eccentricity, artistry, and a kind of failed utopian dream. They are dreaming about making a better world. If they can make the better world in their home, maybe they can make one in the outside world."

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.

Tickets are $45-$65

Information: 203-787-4282 and www.longwharf.org.

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