Makor is a program of Manhattan's 92nd Street Y which "offers New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s opportunities for exploration and connection within an environment committed to Jewish pluralism, cultural innovation and intellectual excellence." Events take place in a refurbished double brownstone at 35 W. 67th St. Having begun performances at Off-Broadway's Zipper Theatre May 7 for a limited run, Here Lies Jenny aims to exploit the sort of grit, longing and passions associated with the old songs of composer Weill, who penned German cabaret songs and theatre music for Broadway.
According to the announcement, "In Here Lies Jenny, a one-time saloon singer at the end of the line arrives at a bar that, like her, has seen better days. Clutching what's left of her life in a small canvas bag, Jenny is drawn inside the joint, at once foreign and painfully familiar. She finds herself singing along to the music playing – the soundtrack, strangely enough, of her life. Searching for something, someone, she seduces and rejects the bar denizens in her way. Through the music, Jenny relives the highs and lows of her checkered existence and finally finds a strength she didn’t know she had – the strength to face another day."
Several Jennys are featured in Weill musicals, including The Threepenny Opera and Lady in the Dark, though the new effort seems to want to expose a timeless persona, a mythic Everywoman.
The new, original constructed piece plays 36 performances and features choreography by Neuwirth's Chicago collaborator, Reinking, and is conceived and directed by Roger Rees, Neuwirth's fellow actor from her days on "Cheers."
Opening is set for May 27. Here Lies Jenny is presented by Maria DiDia, Kathryn Frawley, Hugh Hayes and Martin Platt and will play through July 24.
The cast also includes Greg Butler, Shawn Emamjomeh and Ed Dixon.