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Duncan Sheik and Lynn Nottage Bring Music to The Secret Life of Bees

The popular coming-of-age story is headed to Vassar for the 2017 Powerhouse Theater season.

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In 2008, Sue Monk Kidd's novel The Secret Life of Bees was adapted for the big screen. Now, nearly a decade later, the story of 14-year-old Lily Owens in 1960s South Carolina is getting a musical treatment as part of Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater season. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat) pens the book, while Tony winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and Tony nominee Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam) lend the piece brand-new music and lyrics, respectively. Hear the collaborators offer their take on the project (in performances from July 27 through 29) and discuss how they plan to make it sing.

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