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WHISPER HOUSE's Sheik and Jarrow Faced with Legal Challenge


The Los Angeles Times is reporting that 'Whisper House' creators Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow have been met with a legal challenge involving New York-based director Keith Powell who claims he was slated to direct the new musical. 

According to the story in the Los Angeles Times, Powell claims that he "had an agreement with Sheik and Jarrow to direct the musical but that the pair reneged on it." Powell also claims that he has emails proving an agreement to direct the show.

Powell states that during a meeting with Sheik and Jarrow prior to the musical's opening at San Diego's Old Globe, Sheik and Jarrow allegedly told him he could not continue on the project unless he relinquished his rights. "I didn't sign those rights away. When I found out they had placed the call to The Old Globe about getting a new director, I didn't sign anything," Powell is quoted as saying in the article.

At time of the article, there had been no comment from Duncan Sheik or Kyle Jarrow

To read the rest of the story in the Los Angeles Times, click here.

The World Premiere of Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow's Whisper House was held at San Diego's The Old Globe. Emmy Award winner Mare Winningham headlines the new musical, Sheik's follow-up to his Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway sensation, Spring Awakening. Peter Askin helms the show, with music and lyrics by Sheik and book and lyrics by Jarrow.

The musical director is Jason Hart and the dance director is Wesley Fata. Whisper House will run in the Old Globe Theatre until Feb. 21. Tickets to Whisper House can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

Set in 1942 at the height of World War II, Whisper House is the story of an 11-year-old boy, Christopher, who lives with his Aunt Lilly in a haunted New England lighthouse following the death of his father. All of the songs in the musical are performed by the ghosts, played by David Poe and Holly Brook, and embody the boy's subconscious thoughts and fears. When Christopher begins to hear strange music seeping through the walls, is his imagination getting the best of him, or is he receiving warnings of the very real dangers that lie ahead? Whisper House is a touching and beautiful story about how we should embrace, rather than fear, the unknown.


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