In this review style musical, Kurt Weill’s greatest theater songs are presented in a fluid blend of music and story spanning 20 eventful years, from 1930s Germany to 1950s America. Climb aboard the musical vessel that is Kurt Weill’s rise to international acclaim as his world travels are described with engaging narration surrounded by songs from his most noteworthy works. The Threepenny Opera, Knickerbocker Holiday, and Lost In The Stars are among more than a dozen Weill pieces referenced as the composer’s partnerships, musical and romantic, are explored. An intoxicating retrospective and a joyous and moving celebration of one of the most extraordinary composers of the 20th century.
Music by Kurt Weill | Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Michael Feingold, Ogden Nash, Maxwell Andersen, Marc Blitzstein, Jacques Deval, Paul Green, Langston Hughes, George Tabori, and Arnold Weinstein | Text Format by Gene Lerner | Musical Arrangements by Newton Wayland | Originally directed by Donald Saddler | Originally produced by Gene Lerner and Hank Kaufman | Directed by David Lowenstein | Musical Direction by Brian Cimmet
Opening Night: May 6