Performance Saturday, November 21, 2015 | 10 PM

Duncan Sheik

Zankel Hall
From his breakout hit “Barely Breathing” to his Tony-winning musical Spring Awakening, Duncan Sheik has enjoyed a remarkable career as a versatile singer-songwriter. Sheik performs songs from his great albums, including his newest, Legerdemain, as well as favorites from his theater works.

Part of Late Nights at Zankel Hall.


  • Duncan Sheik

Event Duration

The program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.


  • Duncan Sheik

    After breaking through in the late '90s with his single "Barely Breathing," Duncan Sheik spent much of the subsequent decade taking a breather from the usual rock singer-songwriter rituals. He instead focused on albums that broke with pop music conventions and, additionally, embraced musical theater.

    Sheik's latest album, Legerdemain, was recorded at his very own Sneaky Studios in Garrison, New York, marking his first production of original material (not attached to a theater production) since 2006's White Limousine. In addition to his new album, Sheik's musical adaption of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho is scheduled to premiere on Broadway in 2016. Deaf West Theater's interpretation of Sheik's Spring Awakening is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed Broadway run of its own. The original 2006 version won eight Tony Awards, including two for Sheik in the Best Orchestration and Best Original Score categories. Spring Awakening also earned Sheik a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. He followed that production with Whisper House, directed by Peter Askin and written by Kyle Jarrow, and Hans Christian Andersen's The Nightingale.

    Launching his musical career in 1996 with his self-titled debut, Sheik quickly earned a Grammy nomination in the Best Male Vocal category for his hit "Barely Breathing," which spent 55 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. He subsequently garnered accolades for his unique brand of folk-pop music with 2006's White Limousine and his two-disc collection of songs titled Brighter/Later: A Duncan Sheik Anthology.

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