He was a sweet transvestite from transexual Transylvania, she was Mork from Ork's girlfriend. Tim Curry and Pam Dawber, along side Charlotte Rae, Shirley Jones, Sharon Lawrence and Linda Purl, will sing the music of Kurt Weill at Los Angeles' centennial fundraiser for the Actor's Fund of America Nov. 4.
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.
Also performing will be Eileen Brennan, Carole Cook, Loretta Devine, Nancy Dussault, Gogi Grant, Jane A. Johnston, Kym Hoy, The Phantom of the Opera's Dale Kristien and Hugh Panaro, Rod McKeun, Brock Peters and "U-571"'s Jack Noseworthy.
Kurt Weill: The Centennial is a co-production with Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event. Over the last 16 years, S.T.A.G.E. has especially worked to help charities who benefit those suffering with HIV/AIDS.
Tickets to the benefit range from $250-$30. The Luckman Theatre at California State Los Angeles is located at 5151 State University Drive. For reservations, call (323) 933-9244, ext. 33. — By Christine Ehren