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Weill's Berlin to Broadway opens at Masquers Playhouse August 22

"C'mere boys," says actress Maria Mikheyenko.
"C'mere boys," says actress Maria Mikheyenko.
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Berlin to Broadway is a stunning musical journey through Kurt Weill’s remarkable body of work. Weill is widely recognized as a musical genius, and one of the pre-eminent composers of our time.

Weill emerged as a dominant theater composer in the 1920s. He strove to write music that put across a socially conscious message, often in the form of highly controversial satire.

He discovered a creative atmosphere of nirvana when he arrived in America. The New York Times proclaimed:
"Weill holds a solid place in the pantheon of 20th-century composers...A genius."

Over his 20-year career, Weill was known as a meticulous and deliberate planner. He was also a crossover artist, transitioning not only from opera to musical theater, but from Europe to Broadway without missing a beat. The Masquers' show reflects this, combining the cabaret form with spoken commentary.

The show presents many of Weill’s most notable and admired works. He had numerous writing partners, such as Maxwell Anderson, Ogden Nash and Ira Gershwin. And fully half of Berlin to Broadway is a tribute to his partnership with Bertolt Brecht.

The Brecht-Weill team’s best known work is Threepenny Opera, which included the breakout hit Mack the Knife. The song has been recorded and re-recorded by “A” list artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darrin (#1 hit).

Don’t miss this blissful melange from one of the world’s master melodists! Masquers is providing a singular opportunity to discover the works of a profoundly unorthodox tunesmith.

Berlin to Broadway runs from August 22 through September 20, at the Masquers Playhouse, 105 Park Place in Richmond. Performances are Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 7 pm, with selected Sunday Matinees. Tickets are $22, and are available at or at (510) 232-4031.

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