Harold Prince Working on New Weill-Lenya Musical with Alfred Uhry

News   Harold Prince Working on New Weill-Lenya Musical with Alfred Uhry Director Harold Prince and playwright Alfred Uhry are collaborating on a new musical about composer Kurt Weill and his wife, actress Lotte Lenya, the Hartford Courant reported.
Harold Prince
Harold Prince

"That one is a small musical—six or eight actors—using extant music from a great composer, and that's mandatory because it's actually biographical," said Prince. Uhry, the author of Driving Miss Daisy and other plays, worked with Prince on the musical Parade. His other librettos include the one for The Robber Bridegroom (for which he also wrote lyrics). Weill was German-American composer of such musicals as The Threepenny Opera, Johnny Johnson, Knickerbocker Holiday, One Touch of Venus, Love Life, Street Scene and Lady in the Dark. Lenya became a primary interpreter of her husband's work, both on the stage and on recordings.

Prince also told the Courant that he was also optioning a little-known European book that has a fable feel "which would make for a wonderful and rather opulent musical, though no composer has been attached to the project yet. That's how early it is in its development. It's fascinating, fun, glamorous and interesting material. But it won't be a cheap musical to do, and I would not do it in the regional theatre with the [financial] constraints."

Prince last visited Broadway with the play Hollywood Arms in 2002. The recent premiere production of Stephen Sondheim's Bounce, which he staged, stalled in Washington, DC, without transferring to New York City. Among the more famous credits of Prince's 40-year directing career are Cabaret, Follies, Company, A Little Night Music, Evita and Sweeney Todd.

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