New musical February House, inspired by the real life Brooklyn home-turned-artistic commune that brought together some of the great literary and musical talents of its age, opens at off-Broadway’s Public Theater on May 8. Davis McCallum directs the piece, which features music and lyrics by Gabriel Kahane and a book by Seth Bockley.
In 1940s New York, flamboyant editor George Davis transformed a dilapidated Brooklyn boarding house into a bohemian commune for artistic icons like Carson McCullers, Benjamin Britten, W.H. Auden and Gypsy Rose Lee. The residents of 7 Middagh Street create a tumultuous and remarkable makeshift family searching for love, inspiration, and refuge from the looming war in Europe.
February House stars Julian Fleisher as George Davis, Stanley Bahorek as Benjamin Britton, Kacie Sheik as Gypsy Rose Lee, Erik Lochtefeld as W.H. Auden, Kristen Sieh as Carson McCullers, Ken Barnett as Peter Pears, Ken Clark as Reeves McCullers, Stephanie Hayes as Erika Mann and A.J. Shively as Chester Kallman.