Bertolt Brecht News

Date of Birth: February 10, 1898
Date of Death: August 14, 1956 (58)
Birth Place: Augsburg, GERMANY
Gender: Male
Lazarus Theatre Company's THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Returns for a Strictly Limited RunLazarus Theatre Company's THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE Returns for a Strictly Limited Run
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

A girl must make a choice… to take the child and run, or leave him behind in the fury of civil war.  (more...)

BWW Review: Applause, But No Standing Ovation for CABARET at Blank Canvas - But Big Time Accolades of Alan Cumming in ConcertBWW Review: Applause, But No Standing Ovation for CABARET at Blank Canvas - But Big Time Accolades of Alan Cumming in Concert
by Roy Berko - Dec 6, 2016

Cabaret. It's 1931 in Germany, a country of unrest. We find ourselves at the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy cabaret, a place of decadence and emotional abandonment. Hanging over the entire scene is the aura of the growth of the Nazi party and the impending reign of terror. (more...)

The Attic Collective Presents LYSISTRATA at King's TheatreThe Attic Collective Presents LYSISTRATA at King's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

After two decades of war the men are dying and the women feel powerless to stop it. Lysistrata gathers together women from every state to enact her plan. The men will be denied what they desire the most. To get it back, they must agree to peace. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Lead NY Phil in World Premiere of HK Gruber's Piano Concerto, 1/5Alan Gilbert to Lead NY Phil in World Premiere of HK Gruber's Piano Concerto, 1/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Music Director Alan Gilbert will lead the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere of HK Gruber's Piano Concerto - a Philharmonic co-commission with the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras - with pianist Emanuel Ax as soloist; Weill's Little Threepenny Music for Wind Orchestra; and Schubert's Symphony No. 2. The performances will take place Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, January 6 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Australian Producer of CABARET Pens Happy 50th Birthday Letter to the Iconic MusicalAustralian Producer of CABARET Pens Happy 50th Birthday Letter to the Iconic Musical
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2016

Written by David M. Hawkins - Australian Producer of Cabaret, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and tours of Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Lillias White, Ben Vereen, Macy Gray, Melanie, Helen Reddy, Faith Prince, Donna McKechnie (more...)

Donmar Warehouse Announces 2017 Spring SeasonDonmar Warehouse Announces 2017 Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham announce today the Power Season at the Donmar Warehouse.  (more...)

Theatre In The Raw Presents: THE THREEPENNY OPERA Through 11/27Theatre In The Raw Presents: THE THREEPENNY OPERA Through 11/27
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2016

This fall, Theatre In the Raw is bringing to Vancouver stages the Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill 1928 classic musical work,THE THREEPENNY OPERA,re imagined as a mixture of Victorian era setting with a Commercial Drive flavouring, under the direction of Jay Hamburger and Music Director Earle Peach! (more...)

Bellarine Presents URINETOWNBellarine Presents URINETOWN
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Bellarine Theatre Company proudly presents 'Urinetown The Musical', directed by Jim McCabe. Urinetown is a hilariously funny and touchingly honest musical that provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms. Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/06/2016Now Playing Onstage in San Francisco - Week of 11/06/2016
by BWW - Nov 6, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/06/2016 for San Francisco (more...)

Karyn Levitts to Sing Hanns Eisler at The Metropolitan Room This FallKaryn Levitts to Sing Hanns Eisler at The Metropolitan Room This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

Celebrated vocalist Karyn Levitt will perform WILL THERE STILL BE SINGING? A HANNS EISLER CABARET on Today, November 5 at 1 PM at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York. (more...)

BWW Review: Jarrod Spector's JUKEBOX LIFE at Feinstein's/54 Below is Raucous FunBWW Review: Jarrod Spector's JUKEBOX LIFE at Feinstein's/54 Below is Raucous Fun
by Alix Cohen - Nov 4, 2016

Jarrod Spector began performing at three years old. A film of his singing 'Toot, Toot, Tootsie' with emphatic gestures shows the talented artist preternaturally polished. We're then treated to a clip from Ed McMahon's Star Search in which the six-year-old, pint-sized pretender performs Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weill's 'Mack the Knife.' His parents, he explains, favored Bobby Darin to the extent that they overlooked the song's subject was 'a serial killer.' Tonight's version is brass-centric, Las Vegas swing. JUKEBOX LIFE, presented at Feinstein's 54/Below, is the most recent iteration in a series of biographical shows. ('Time to move on.') It adds Spector's marriage and his role as songwriter Barry Mann in the Carole King musical BEAUTIFUL to that of playing Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS and early aspirations. (Interestingly, he was unaware of both the men into whose shoes he has stepped.) Its title was inspired by a fan who asked, 'What's it like to have this incredible jukebox life?' (more...)

Photo Flash: Erik Ransom's Pop Rock Musical MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD Begins TonightPhoto Flash: Erik Ransom's Pop Rock Musical MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Lil Rascals Theatre presents MORE THAN ALL THE WORLD, Erik Ransom's epic pop rock musical inspired by Christopher Marlowe's 'Edward II', with direction and musical staging by Rachel Klein ('Around the World in 80 Days', 'The Anthem') and with orchestrations and arrangements by Andy Peterson ('Atomic'). The company also recently released stunning images of the cast in costume - scroll down to check them out! (more...)

Shaker Theatre Arts & Music Departments Present URINETOWN, THE MUSICALShaker Theatre Arts & Music Departments Present URINETOWN, THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Shaker Theatre Arts and Music Departments proudly present the Fall Musical, Urinetown, playing December 1-3 at 7 pm, in the Large Auditorium at 15911 Aldersyde Drive, Shaker Heights, OH 44120. (more...)

NO MAN'S LAND with Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart to Hit Cinemas This DecemberNO MAN'S LAND with Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart to Hit Cinemas This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

On Thursday, December 15th, National Theatre Live broadcasts Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart's return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, directed by Sean Mathias, live to cinemas internationally from Wyndham's Theatre, London. (more...)

LA Chamber Orchestra Presents LIFT EVERY VOICE, 1/14LA Chamber Orchestra Presents LIFT EVERY VOICE, 1/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Celebrating the unique ability of music and the arts to address challenging social and moral issues, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents LIFT EVERY VOICE, a three-week, city-wide series of free and ticketed concerts, conversations and community engagement curated by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane from January 14 to 29, 2017, at venues across the Southland.  LIFT EVERY VOICE, conceived and curated by Kahane to explore themes of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity along with the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace, was inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz, composer Kurt Weill and Martin Luther King, Jr.  The series is a signature part of Kahane's 20th and final LACO season, which features programming that reflects his far-reaching impact, broad musical sensibilities, distinctive philosophical interests and tremendous artistic passion.  Among LIFT EVERY VOICE's highlights are the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of Weill's profound anti- apartheid musical Lost in the Stars, directed by Anne Bogart, and Weill/Brecht's satirical The Seven Deadly Sins with chanteuse Storm Large, both provocative works addressing weighty moral issues; violinist Daniel Hope featured on the U.S. premiere of Weill's Song-Suite For Violin and Orchestra arranged by Paul Bateman; the West Coast premiere of Bruce Adolphe's Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent”; a joint performance with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA); and symposiums a chamber music program and film screenings.  (more...)

BWW Review: Kim David Smith's MORPHIUM KABARETT Will Keep You Hanging On at PangeaBWW Review: Kim David Smith's MORPHIUM KABARETT Will Keep You Hanging On at Pangea
by Troy Frisby - Nov 2, 2016

With the wide-eyed innocence of a cold-blooded killer and a smile so broad the Cheshire Cat would be envious, Kim David Smith will have you in his clutches before you even realize. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 10/30/2016Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 10/30/2016
by BWW - Oct 30, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/30/2016 for Philadelphia (more...)

TheatreLAB to Launch 4th Season with MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDRENTheatreLAB to Launch 4th Season with MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

TheatreLAB, Richmond's home for unexpected and evocative performance, will launch their 2016/2017 Season, "WOMEN AT WAR," with Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. (more...)

'JEW VS MALTA' Mixes Brecht's Political Theater and Kanye West, Starting Tonight at LaMaMa'JEW VS MALTA' Mixes Brecht's Political Theater and Kanye West, Starting Tonight at LaMaMa
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

LaMaMa has announced that it will present the world premiere of the Meta-Phys Ed. production JEW VS. MALTA, a raucous new 'chop and screw theatre piece' about monstrosity and virtuosity, fueled by pantagruelism and peppered with puppetry and dance. (more...)

LOVE HURTS Opera by Nicola Moro and L.S. Hilton to Premiere at Symphony SpaceLOVE HURTS Opera by Nicola Moro and L.S. Hilton to Premiere at Symphony Space
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

After its world premiere last June at Milan's Piccolo Teatro Studio Melato, the Center for Contemporary Opera presents the U.S. premiere of Love Hurts, by librettist L.S. Hilton - author of the best-selling novel Maestra - and composer Nicola Moro, at Symphony Space in New York City on October 28. (more...)

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