Following the success of Spring Awakening, Duncan Sheik has released an album entitled Whisper House, which features selections from what will become an original stage musical with book and additional lyrics by Kyle Jarrow. The musical is set during World War II, in 1942, in a remote lighthouse kept by a reclusive woman named Lilly, whose nephew, Christopher, is sent to live with her. Christopher is known to have an active imagination and, when he hears music coming from behind the walls of the lighthouse, it does not take him long to conclude that the place is haunted. The ghosts tell him that Yasujiro, a Japanese worker that Lilly has employed, cannot be trusted – and so the story is set in motion.
BroadwayWorld is hosting an exclusive blog that, as far as I can see, will track the development of the show. I hope it is not a once-off column. Here’s an extract, quoting Jarrow on the development of the book:
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about revisions I want to make to the Whisper House script…. Looking at the A Story and the B Story, making sure that neither disappears for too long a period, making sure they support each other thematically, making sure that they intertwine at the climax moment. I realized this week that the A Story in Whisper House (the evolving relationship between Christopher and his Aunt Lilly) and the B Story (Yasuhiro and the suspicion that he’s a spy) don’t crash into each other at quite the right point in the current draft. The A Story reaches its resolution before the B Story does. I’d like them to both resolve at roughly the same time-in the climax sequence. So that’s something I’ve been working on fixing.