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Book of Travelers / Magnificent Bird

  • Written and Performed by Gabriel Kahane
  • Directed by Annie Tippe
Fall 2024 Peter Jay Sharp Theater
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In this duo of intimate solo musical plays, composer Gabriel Kahane blends songwriting and storytelling for a singular, poignant theatrical event. Book of Travelers recounts the strangers he met on a 9,000-mile train journey through a divided America, and Magnificent Bird chronicles a year he spent entirely off-line, and the unexpected turbulence of living quietly. Performed on alternating nights, these two concept albums offer a relentless self-inquiry, and a searing portrait of a world in flux.

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An exercise in lyric beauty… [Kahane] is one of the finest, most searching songwriters of the day… Book of Travelers is a song cycle of unwavering seriousness, delivering snapshots of a broken and desperate nation.” 
— Alex Ross, The New Yorker

“A stunning portrait of a singular moment in America.”
— Rolling Stone