Duncan Sheik's Latest Sleight of Hand

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Duncan Sheik's new record is called 'Legerdemain.'

Duncan Sheik's career has followed two parallel tracks: ever since his Grammy-winning, Gold record debut in 1996, with the single “Barely Breathing,” he has maintained a career as a touring and recording singer/songwriter. But he has also become a sought-after composer for the theater: his music for Spring Awakening won several Tony awards and a Grammy, and has now been revived on Broadway in a mixed American Sign Language/spoken English adaptation. He’s working on a long-awaited feature film version of Spring Awakening, and his musical based on Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho is coming to Broadway this spring. Somehow, he’s found time to record a new album, called Legerdemain, and he brings his band to the studio to perform some of it today.