Far be it for me to just cut and paste some Press Release… ah screw it, who am I kidding? I’ve never met a press release I couldn’t cut and paste if the mood took me! I was never a big Sheik fan till “Spring Awakening” and “Spring Awakening” was the epitome of a modern Broadway musical, rock and roll but not a rock opera, a true musical theatre experiment with some awesome songs thrown into the mix for the hell of it. “Totally Fucked” and “The Bitch Of Life” are the best new Broadway songs since, well since “Totally Fucked” and “The Bitch Of Life”
But on tour? I dunno, he loses me sometimes and sometimes he is worth the time. Suzanne Vega, who is gonna get right back in the spotlight once the Britney cover drops, is opening this tour, though not at Carnegie.
So, without any further a do, a Press Release.
“There is an element of the supernatural in Mr. Sheik’s songwriting…His most refined music is classical in its precision and in the density of its harmonic palette.”—The New York Times
Grammy and Tony award-winning musician Duncan Sheik is heading out on a full U.S. tour this fall performing selections from his diverse back catalogue which surround the theme “Songs From New York City From Bleeker Street To Broadway.” Please see the full list of tour dates below. Tickets for select shows are available now.
The tour celebrates Sheik’s forthcoming album Legerdemain, set for release this fall. Two tracks from the record, “Circling” and “Photograph,” are available now for free download at duncansheik.com. NPR Music said, “The songs from the new album, Legerdemain, feel full-circle; intimate and contemplative. Telling complicated little stories via spare lyrics and subtle studio wizardry, these songs beautifully balance Sheik’s pop know-how and his theatrical impulses.” Recorded at Sheik’s very own Sneaky Studios in Garrison, New York, this album marks his first production of original material, not attached to a theatre production, since 2006’s White Limousine.
In addition to his new album, Sheik’s critically acclaimed musical adaption of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho will premiere on Broadway in 2016. The musical debuted at the Almeida Theatre in London in December to a sold out, five week run. Furthermore, Sheik was recently named the Artist in Residence at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where he serves as artistic advisor for the Institute’s Stagecraft and the Art of Performance class as well as its Studio Performance Workshop.
Launching his musical career in 1996 with his self-titled debut, Sheik quickly earned a Grammy nomination for “Best Male Vocal” for his hit “Barely Breathing,” which spent 55 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. He subsequently garnered critical accolades for his unique brand of folk-pop music with 2006’s White Limousine and his 2-CD collection of songs titled Brighter/Later: A Duncan Sheik Anthology.
Also of significant note, Sheik composed the original score and collaborated with lyricist Steven Sater for 2007’s Spring Awakening, which went on to win eight Tony awards. Sheik alone earned two awards for “Best Orchestration” and “Best Original Score” as well as a Grammy award for “Best Musical Show Album,” which he produced. He followed with the musical theater production Whisper House, which was directed by Peter Askin (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) and written by Kyle Jarrow, and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Nightingale.
November 5 & 6 Berkeley, CA Freight & Salvage*
November 7 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater*
November 8 San Juan Capistrano, CA The Coach House*
November 13 Evanston, IL Evanston SPACE*
November 14 Brookfield, WI Sharon Lynne Wilson Ctr. For Arts*
November 15 Minneapolis, MN The Cedar*
November 18 & 19 Vienna, VA The Barns at Wolf Trap*
November 20 Richmond, VA Modlin Center for the Arts*
November 21 New York, NY Zankel at Carnegie Hall
November 22 Tarrytown, NY The Tarrytown Music Hall*
powerful take on Denver’s classic
he might feel forgotten but he isn’t
Let’s hope next year is better…
seemed to be on the other side of one hit wonder
the middle of a long career
they have a Monopoly, there is no other way to check out the charts.
Randy Edelman to Be Honored By LGBTQ Leading Publication Get Out Magazine For Composer Lifetime Achievement Award
his songs have been covered by some of the gayest icons
“Hey, can I photograph everyone at DFA?”.
merseybeat visiting John and Paul IRL
recognition and popularity over the years