Kurt Weill News

Date Of Birth:
March 02, 1900
Date Of Death:
April 03, 1950 (50)
Birth Place:
Dessau, GERMANY
Gender:
Male
Long Beach Opera to Present 'I WAS LOOKING AT THE CEILING,' 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

An earthquake romance. A genre-defying song play. With a score by leading contemporary composer John Adams and a libretto by the late poet June Jordan, I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky was written as an homage to the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Now, 20 years later, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission presents the Southern California premiere, performed by Long Beach Opera. LBO artistic director Andreas Mitisek conducts a concert staging at the Ford Amphitheatre on Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. as part of the Ford's Zev Yaroslavsky Signature Series. (more...)

Quartet of Broadway, West End Talent to Lead KISS ME, KATE at BBC Proms This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Following the enormous success of the semi-staged performance of My Fair Lady at the Proms in 2012, John Wilson returns to perform Cole Porter's Tony Award-winning musical Kiss Me, Kate. Joining John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra, Broadway stalwarts Ben Davis, Alexandra Silber, Tony Yazbeck and West End star Louise Dearman lead the cast in an irreverent reworking of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew -- a play within a play. This is the BBC Proms debut for all four performers as they sing the energetic score in its original 1948 arrangement. (more...)

THE MAGIC FLUTE, MACBETH, CATO IN UTICA and CANDIDE Set for the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2015 Festival, which will celebrate the company's 40th anniversary. The 2015 Festival will feature Mozart's The Magic Flute, Verdi's Macbeth, Vivaldi's Cato in Utica and Bernstein's Candide. The productions will run in repertory in the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown July 10 through August 23. These mainstage offerings will be complemented by lectures, concerts and other special events. (more...)

Overtone Industries to Present ICELAND at REDCAT's NOW Festival 2014, 7/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Overtone Industries, a celebrated force in the evolution of contemporary music theatre and experimental opera, will share the stage at REDCAT, CalArt's downtown center for contemporary arts, with two other Los Angeles-based arts organizations during the kick-off weekend of the New Original Works Festival 2014 (NOW Festival), Thursday, July 24, through Saturday, July 26, 2014. (more...)

Reathel Bean Joins Karen Mason and More in A WOMAN ON TOP Industry Reading, 7/9; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 02, 2014

A Woman on Top , the new musical for both sides of the aisle inspired by Hillary Clinton, has announced the complete cast for a special industry reading next week. Reathel Bean (Caroline, Or Change) will join the previously announced star Karen Mason, Drama Desk-nominated Broadway star of Wonderland, Mamma Mia and Sunset Boulevard, as well as Frank Vlastnik (Broadway: Big, The Sweet Smell of Success, A Year with Frog & Toad), Marni Nixon (Broadway: Nine, Follies; Film: The King and I, West Side Story, My Fair Lady) and Sarah Cetrulo (The Black Suits by Joe Iconis). (more...)

Fairchild, Cope, Cox, Paice, Uranowitz & von Essen to Star in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS!; Plays Winter in Paris, Spring 2015 on Broadway!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Principal casting has been announced for the upcoming world premiere production of AN AMERICAN IN PARIS. The cast will include Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan, Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin, Veanne Cox as Madame Baurel, Jill Paice as Milo Davenport, Brandon Uranowitz as Adam Hochberg, and Max Von Essen as Henri Baurel. (more...)

Casting Announced for New Line Theatre's BONNIE & CLYDE and JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2014

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," announces its 24th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the St. Louis premiere of the new musical BONNIE & CLYDE, running Oct. 2-25, 2014; the St. Louis premiere of the outrageous JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA, running March 5-28, 2015; and one of the masterpieces of the art form, the darkly satiric THREEPENNY OPERA (which isn't really an opera), running May 28-June 20, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: Matt Bogart, Jessica Burrows, David Arthur, Jonathan Brielle and More at Release Party for HIMSELF AND NORA Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Broadway stars, producers and the Company of Jonathan Brielle's much acclaimed new musical, Himself and Nora about the tumultuous romance of famed writer James Joyce and his muse, lover and most ardent supporter, chambermaid Nora Barnacle, gathered to celebrate the release of the album produced by John Yap for noted theatrical music label Jay Records. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

The Collegiate Chorale to Perform at the 2014 Verbier Festival, 7/21-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale will make its seventh appearance at the Verbier Festival from July 21-27, 2014, in concerts with Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov, Marc Minkowski, and Daniel Harding. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Classy Singer Sandy Bainum Brings Warmth and Sophistication to the Federal with Tribute to Ira Gershwin
by Don Grigware - Jun 23, 2014

'S Wonderful/Sandy Sings Ira Gershwin/Sandy Bainum at Sterling's Upstairs at the Federal/musical director: Lanny Meyers/director: Bruce Kimmel/Sunday June 22 (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: MARK NADLER: RUNNIN' WILD Sees the Return of Adelaide's Most Loved Cabaret Star
by Barry Lenny - Jun 22, 2014

Mark Nadler's latest performance, Runnin' Wild, is guaranteed to win him more fans. (more...)

Karen Mason and Marni Nixon to Star in Reading of New Musical A WOMAN ON TOP, 7/9-10
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

A Woman on Top , the new musical for both sides of the aisle inspired by the current political climate, will have a special industry reading next month. The reading will star Karen Mason -- Drama Desk-nominated Broadway star of Wonderland, Mamma Mia and Sunset Boulevard, as well as a prolific concert and recording artist -- and be directed by Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones, Tony Award nominee for Xanadu choreography). The show has music by Rhonda Kess, and lyrics by Rhonda Kess and Dale Kiken and a book by Dale Kiken. The reading will take place on Wednesday, July 9 at 3:00 PM and Thursday, July 10 at 2:00 PM at The New 42nd Street Studios (229 West 42nd Street). Industry members interested in attending should email AWOTrsvp@gmail.com and indicate their affiliation. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2014: MARK NADLER'S RUNNIN' WILD – SONGS AND SCANDALS OF THE ROARING 20'S Transports Adelaide to the Era of Prohibition
by Jade Kops - Jun 19, 2014

In a white dinner jacket and striped waistcoat, toting a violin case Mark Nadler sets the mood for his new show Runnin' Wild - Songs and Scandals of the Roaring 20's with his own arrangement of Cole Porter's Lets Misbehave, and Lets Do It and Harrington Gibbs, Joel Grey and Leo Wood's Runnin' Wild as he transports his audience to the sex, drug and alcohol fueled era of prohibition. The medley, with a pared back self accompaniment on the piano, highlights the cheeky wide eyed enthusiasm synonymous with Nadler's performance style that draws the audience in so effectively. Nadler is joined by Sophia MacRae on clarinet, appropriately dressed in flapper dress and feathers and Rob Chenoweth on Trumpet. (more...)

MR JOHNSON PRESENTS Set for Albany Cabaret Club, 3-13 July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Mr Johnson Presents is the latest solo show from award-winning musician, composer, cabaret star, director and actor, Godfrey Johnson. Following a rave-reviewed run at Kalk Bay Theatre, KBT Productions brings this musical sit down comedy cabaret to the Albany Cabaret Club at the National Arts Festival from 3 to 13 July. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Skylark Opera Showcases Two Celebrated 20th Century American Composers in its Summer Festival
by Jill Schafer - Jun 17, 2014

For their annual summer festival, Skylark Opera is presenting the Leonard Bernstein classic operetta Candide and the musical revue Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Peggy Eason's New Cabaret Show at Don't Tell Mama is a Poignant Message of Personal Empowerment
by Stephen Hanks - Jun 14, 2014

Peggy Eason is one of those characters who seem to have been made for the New York cabaret scene. She's a bodacious woman who is ubiquitous at the local clubs, possesses a passion for singing, and bills herself as the 'Chocolate Diva,' although on stage she's more like a Red Hot Mama. Eason opened her third solo cabaret show, I'll Show Them All, at Don't Tell Mama on Monday night (she's appearing again at the club on Sunday at 7pm) with the decidedly politically incorrect titled song written especially for her by David Conforte, 'Black, Blind and Beautiful' (Hey, 'African American, Visually Challenged and Beautiful' doesn't have the same ring to it.). But there was little that was incorrect about her fast-paced and entertaining show that was often poignant and funny at the same time. (more...)

Long Beach Opera Announces 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Long Beach Opera Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek announces the company's 2015 season featuring works by contemporary North American and English composers: the US premiere of Gavin Bryars' Marilyn Forever, the Los Angeles premiere of Tobias Picker's Therese Raquin, and a new production of Philip Glass' Hydrogen Jukebox. Kicking off the season, LBO will perform the Southern California premiere of John Adams' I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky. (more...)

Matt Bogart, Jessica Burrows & More to Celebrate HIMSELF AND NORA Cast Recording Release, 6/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

This week, Jay Productions LTD released the original cast album of Jonathan Brielle's critically acclaimed musical 'Himself and Nora' about the tumultuous romance of famed writer James Joyce and his muse, lover and most ardent supporter, chambermaid Nora Barnacle. After it's success at the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival in July, 2012 at The Theater at St. Clements, Michael Bush's critically production was then presented last season at Hamilton Stage in Rahway, New Jersey. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Appoints Maestra Nicole Paiement as Principal Guest Conductor
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the appointment of a critically acclaimed, San Francisco-based Artistic Director and contemporary music specialist to serve as the company's first “Principal Guest Conductor” in our 57-year history. (more...)

UBUNTU: MUSIC AND ARTS OF SOUTH AFRICA, Joyce DiDonato, Audra McDonald and More Set for Carnegie Hall's 2014-15 Classical Music Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Summer is just around the corner, and we are looking ahead in anticipation to the start of Carnegie Hall's 2014-2015 season! Listed below are classical music highlights at Carnegie Hall, including details on UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, a three-week festival from October 10 to November 5, featuring an exciting array of events to be presented at Carnegie Hall and partner venues throughout New York City, inviting audiences to explore the incredibly dynamic and diverse culture of South Africa. (more...)

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