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Duncan Sheik's Career Doing Better Than Just "Breathing"

Of the Oakland Press

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Duncan Sheik has one major hit single from his 11 years of recording — “Barely Breathing” from his 1996 debut album. But these days it’s not a regular part of his repertoire.

“It’s not something I think about unless I’m in Home Depot or something and it comes on,” says the Brown University graduate. “It’s a perfectly OK pop song, and I’m really glad people liked it — or maybe still do. But it’s not something I think about all that much.

“In fact, I think a lot of my fans could really care less about hearing it. I think they’re actually more interested in hearing new stuff.”

Though he did release a new album, “White Limousine,” in 2006, Sheik’s most significant recent work has been in theater — particularly the acclaimed musical “Spring Awakening,” which he says will go on tour soon and will likely be made into a movie in the near future.

Most of his upcoming endeavors are in that area, too. He and “Spring Awakening” collaborator Steven Sater are adapting Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” for the stage, and Sheik is working with “30 Rock” actor Keith Powell on something called “The Lighthouse Project.” He’s also negotiating for some film scores and plans to record an album of stripped-down covers of favorite ’80s songs later this year.

“It’s exciting, actually,” the New Jerseyborn Sheik, 37, says of his career path. “I’m really enjoying working in the theater, and I’m really excited about these various film things that are coming up, and of course I hope to keep making records.

“As long as I can keep writing songs and making records and scoring different things, then I really have nothing to complain about.”

Duncan Sheik and Holly Brook perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (May 5th) at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $22.50. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www. theark.org.

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