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Listen: Duncan Sheik Wrote a 'Because of Winn Dixie' Musical

By Matt Patches, Hollywood Staff

Have you ever listened to the sweet, sweet sounds of Duncan Sheik's 1996 hit ''Barely Breathing'' and thought, ''I wish a 10-year-old girl was singing this song to a lost puppy''? If so, your dreams are about to come true.

Singer/songwriter Ducan Sheik, who previously penned the hit Broadway show Spring Awakening, is lending his talents to an new musical based on Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Award-winning book, Because of Winn Dixie. The show is currently in development with renowned theater pet trainer Bill Berloni, best known for his work on the original production of Annie. Berloni appeared on WNYC's Soundcheck to discuss the recent revival of Annie, but capped the interview with a recording of Sheik performing a number from the show (the tune kicks in at the 12:30 mark)

While not the most obvious coupling, it's easy to imagine Sheik's folky '90s sound fitting the summery setting of Because of Winn Dixie. The book was previously adapted into a 2005 film starring Carrie Diaries star AnnaSophia Robb. Now, Berloni will attempt to pull it off on stage - tricky, but the titular pup is featured in nearly every scene. Keeping that in mind, while we enjoyed Sheik's soothing preview of the show, the big question remains: will there be a number where the dog takes the lead?

No word on when or if the show will make its way to Broadway, but Sheik's latest theatrical effort will make its debut Arkansas Repertory Theater in Little Rock, Ark. this December.

Follow Matt Patches on Twitter @misterpatches

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