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The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music
E-News June 2014
The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music E-News
Melissa Errico
Melissa Errico (Venus)

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Brent Barrett
Brent Barrett (Rodney Hatch)

Ron Raines
Ron Raines (Whitelaw Savory)

Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark (Molly Grant)

Judy Kaye
Judy Kaye (Mrs. Kramer)

One Touch of Venus is available for licensing from Rodgers & Hammerstein.

First Complete Recording of One Touch of Venus
Now Available on CD

One Touch of Venus CD Jay Records

Last fall, 70 years after One Touch of Venus premiered on Broadway, JAY Records issued the first complete recording of the Kurt Weill/Ogden Nash/S. J. Perelman hit musical on iTunes. Now, the complete score, including ballet music and three cut songs, is available on a 2-CD set that includes a 44-page booklet with lyrics, photos, a synopsis, and an essay by Mark N. Grant.

Critics are raving about the recording, calling it “sumptuous” and “dazzling.” The all-star cast features Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Ron Raines, Victoria Clark, and Judy Kaye, as well as Lenya Competition winners Lauren Worsham, Michael ("Tuba") McKinsey, and Jacob Lewis Smith. The National Symphony Orchestra is conducted by John Owen Edwards and James Holmes, using Weill's own orchestrations as heard on Broadway.

“[A] sterling recording … Now, if only we could see the show revived on Broadway in the near feature....  Melissa Errico ... is captivating and sparkles with strength and sensuality on such hit songs as ‘I'm a Stranger Here Myself’ and ‘Speak Low.’ Her gorgeous instrument charms on numbers like ‘Foolish Heart’ and the sweetly crooned ‘That's Him.’ ... Brent Barrett['s] lyric baritone is charismatic and deliciously warm.... Ron Raines' ... rendition of numbers like ‘West Wind’ are evocatively emotional.... Judy Kaye is spritely and humoous ... making the witty songs like ‘Way Out West in Jersey’ fantastically comedic. Victoria Clark’s acerbic, tongue-in-cheek paean to the troubles of the rich on ‘Very, Very, Very’ is a standout.... The tone and mood conveyed by the orchestra is always spot on, keeping our hearts and souls perfectly in tune with the music and the story that surrounds it. Once a celebrated and admired musical, One Touch of Venus is almost completely forgotten nowadays.... Now with this dazzling double album, hopefully the sumptuously romantic, tender, and comedic One Touch of Venus will find a new fan following.” – Broadway World

“A sumptuous two-disc set with a fine cast and a symphony orchestra.... And how glorious the full sound is, with crisp detail.... Finally we get to fully partake of the quite varied Kurt Weill music, with his own splendid orchestrations, and the lyrics by humorist Ogden Nash that range from the sincere to the satirical to the silly.... [A] spectacularly delicious musical banquet.... One Touch of Venus reminds us of the golden touch of master craftsmen at work and it's a delight to see it handled with love and care—and skill.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“The score [is] a bountiful gift from 1943.... JAY has done a fine job on this recording, bringing us a golden score that we really haven't quite heard.”  - Playbill

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Lenya Competition News

KWF Sponsors Young Artist at Glimmerglass

The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and the Glimmerglass Festival join in announcing an exciting collaboration: the Foundation is undertaking an annual sponsorship of a Kurt Weill/Lotte Lenya Glimmerglass Young Artist, a talented emerging singer who has previously reached the finals of the Lotte Lenya Competition. Glimmerglass stages a Broadway musical every year along with three operas, and their Young Artists Program annually trains 48 individuals selected from a pool of nearly 1,400 applicants. The first Kurt Weill/Lotte Lenya Young Artist will be Ben Edquist, who won First Prize in this year’s Lenya Competition and who will play Jigger Craigin in Carousel this summer.

First Tony Nomination for a Lenya Winner

Lenya Competition winner Lauren Worsham (2nd Prize, 2009), currently making her Broadway debut in  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, has received several honors for her delightful portrayal of Pheobe D’Ysquith in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical. In addition to a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, Lauren took home her first Drama Desk Award, for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut Performance. Congratulations to Lauren!

Ben Edquist
Ben Edquist

Lauren Worsham
Lauren Worsham in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Mahagonny, Rough Magic/Opera Theater Co.
Mahagonny, Rough Magic/Opera Theater Co.

Mahagonny, Berlin Staatsoper
Mahagonny, Berlin Staatsoper

Juno, TimeLine Theatre
Juno, TimeLine Theatre Co.

Der Zar lasst sich photograpieren
Isny Oper Festival

Lady in the Dark, Staatstheater Mainz
Lady in the Dark, Staatstheater Mainz

silbersee kokkola
Der Silbersee, Kokkola Opera

Storm Large
Storm Large

Upcoming Performances
Summer 2014
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny 
Lynne Parker, director; David Brophy, conductor.
Through June 22

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Vincent Boussard, director; Wayne Marshall, conductor.
Through June 25

Juno (Blitzstein)
Nick Bowling, director.
Through July 27

"Juno not only was well worth waiting for, but TimeLine’s altogether brilliant rendering of it makes you wonder: Why has this gem of a show, with its gorgeous, innovative score and richly limned characters, had such a hard time winning favor? Whatever the reasons, this production should secure its place on the musical theater map once and for all. It’s a beauty.... Juno is a treasure. Discover it." 
- Chicago Sun-Times

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck (AUSTRIA)
Ulrich Peters, director; Alexander Rumpf, conductor.
June 21 – July 6

Der Zar lässt sich photographieren
Hans-Christian Hauser, director.
June 24-29, Isny Im Allgäu; July 6, Munich; July 12, Stuttgart

Lady in the Dark
Matthias Fontheim, director; Florian Csizmadia, conductor.
Through July 5

“Weill has set only the dream sequences, ranging from the desire for a glamorous life, to relived anguish of childhood and school days, to the inability to make decisions. In these larger-than-life scenes, the chorus, dancers, and orchestra pull out all the stops:  a classic dream factory infused with the spirit of opera.... In between are therapy sessions and scenes of a hectic office life, where matter-of-fact meetings alternate with silly, sassy, and bitchy office banter found in the hallways of the ‘lifestyle’ business.”
 – Frankfurter Rundschau

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Manfred Beilharz, director; Zsolt Hamar, conductor.
July 9, 17

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Theater Hof (GERMANY)
Peter Kupke, director; Ivo Hentschel, conductor.
July 16-17

Der Silbersee
Kokkola Opera (FINLAND)
Anu Komsi, director; Sakari Oramo, conductor.
July 24-27

The Seven Deadly Sins
Carlos Kalmar, conductor; Storm Large, Anna I.
August 6

The Seven Deadly Sins
Britt Festival, Jacksonville, Oregon (USA)
Teddy Abrams, conductor; Storm Large, Anna I.
August 15

Kurt Weill Performance Calendar

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