Feinstein Hosts L.A. Weill Tribute With Auberjonois, Bakula, Mullally Dec. 4 Composer Kurt Weill would have turned 100 this year and in honor of the occasion, Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group celebrates Dec. 4 with I'm a Stranger Here Myself, an evening of music hosted by renowned cabaret artist Michael Feinstein.
Joining Feinstein will be TV's Rene Auberjoinis ("Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," City of Angels, Big River), Scott Bakula ("Quantum Leap," Romance/Romance), Philip Casnoff (Chess), Harry Groener (Crazy for You), Constaunce Hauman, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Hudson Shad (stars of the ill-fated Broadway show The Band in Berlin), Alfred Molina (Art), Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace," How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Angelina Reaux and Michael Smith.
Written by Symphony Space's artistic director Isaiah Sheffer and directed by Gordon Hunt, I'm a Stranger Here Myself reviews the works of the German composer through his songs, verse and reminiscences. Weill, who would have turned 100 on March 2, 2000, first earned fame as a partner with Bertolt Brecht, with whom he wrote Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera),The Seven Deadly Sins, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and Happy End, a comedy with a plot very similar to Guys and Dolls. Later, after escaping the Nazi regime in his native Germany, Weill went on to partner with Maxwell Anderson, Moss Hart, Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash, S.J. Perelman, Elmer Rice and Alan Jay Lerner, crafting scores to the musicals Lady in the Dark, One Touch of Venus and Lost in the Stars. He was working on a musical version of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" when he died April 3, 1950.
The evening benefits Center Theatre Group, who run both the Ahmanson and Mark Taper Forum. Specifically, the Salon at the Taper series of which the Weill celebration is a part serves to underwrite the Group's discount ticket offers, including rush tickets, Pay What You Can nights, senior half price tickets and student subscriptions.
Tickets are $300 and include a pre-concert reception and post-concert cast party. For reservations, call (213) 972-7368. — By Christine Ehren