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    Gabriel Kahane Writes Original Music for Broadway Premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's "The Waverly Gallery"

    Gabriel Kahane has written original music for the Broadway premiere production of Kenneth Lonergan's play The Waverly Gallery. The production, starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, and Michael Cera, and directed by Lila Neugebauer, begins in previews at the John Golden Theatre on West 45th Street in New York City on Tuesday, September 25, with Opening Night on Thursday, October 25.

    The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother’s final battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Gladys is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. More than a memory play, The Waverly Gallery captures the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis.

    A finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, The Waverly Gallery originally premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August 1999 and opened Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theater in March 2000.

    For tickets to the new Broadway production, click here.

    Gabriel Kahane's new album, Book of Travelers, was released on Nonesuch Records on August 24. Book of Travelers is a musical travelogue about the looping railway journey across the US he embarked upon the day after the 2016 election and the people he met along the way. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it "extraordinary ... vivid and wholly original." Rolling Stone calls it a "stunning portrait of a singular moment in America." Kahane is currently on tour performing music from the new album. For tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane has previously recorded critically-acclaimed albums including The Ambassador; The Fiction Issue, an album of his chamber music with string quartet Brooklyn Rider; and Where Are the Arms. The staged version of The Ambassador, directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany, was presented by BAM, CAP UCLA, and Carolina Performing Arts.

    As a composer of concert works, Kahane has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured his WPA-inspired Gabriel's Guide to the 48 States in 2013. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and A Far Cry. An avid theater artist, Kahane's musical February House, with playwright Seth Bockley, premiered at the Public Theater in 2012 and was recorded by the StorySound label. A two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Kahane has performed and/or recorded with artists ranging from Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, Chris Thile, and Brad Mehldau, to Jeremy Denk, yMusic, and John Adams. He is a graduate of Brown University and resides in Brooklyn.

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Gabriel Kahane Writes Original Music for Broadway Premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's "The Waverly Gallery"

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Gabriel Kahane has written original music for the Broadway premiere production of Kenneth Lonergan's play The Waverly Gallery. The production, starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, and Michael Cera, and directed by Lila Neugebauer, begins in previews at the John Golden Theatre on Tuesday, September 25. Kahane is currently on tour performing music from his new album, Book of Travelers.

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Gabriel Kahane has written original music for the Broadway premiere production of Kenneth Lonergan's play The Waverly Gallery. The production, starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, Joan Allen, and Michael Cera, and directed by Lila Neugebauer, begins in previews at the John Golden Theatre on West 45th Street in New York City on Tuesday, September 25, with Opening Night on Thursday, October 25.

The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother’s final battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Gladys is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. More than a memory play, The Waverly Gallery captures the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis.

A finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize, The Waverly Gallery originally premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in August 1999 and opened Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theater in March 2000.

For tickets to the new Broadway production, click here.

Gabriel Kahane's new album, Book of Travelers, was released on Nonesuch Records on August 24. Book of Travelers is a musical travelogue about the looping railway journey across the US he embarked upon the day after the 2016 election and the people he met along the way. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it "extraordinary ... vivid and wholly original." Rolling Stone calls it a "stunning portrait of a singular moment in America." Kahane is currently on tour performing music from the new album. For tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane has previously recorded critically-acclaimed albums including The Ambassador; The Fiction Issue, an album of his chamber music with string quartet Brooklyn Rider; and Where Are the Arms. The staged version of The Ambassador, directed by Tony Award winner John Tiffany, was presented by BAM, CAP UCLA, and Carolina Performing Arts.

As a composer of concert works, Kahane has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with whom he toured his WPA-inspired Gabriel's Guide to the 48 States in 2013. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and A Far Cry. An avid theater artist, Kahane's musical February House, with playwright Seth Bockley, premiered at the Public Theater in 2012 and was recorded by the StorySound label. A two-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Kahane has performed and/or recorded with artists ranging from Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, Blake Mills, Chris Thile, and Brad Mehldau, to Jeremy Denk, yMusic, and John Adams. He is a graduate of Brown University and resides in Brooklyn.

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Kenneth Lonergan's "The Waverly Gallery" on Broadway 2018

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