Weill Expert to Speak in "After Words" Chat May 12, Following LoveMusik Matinee

News   Weill Expert to Speak in "After Words" Chat May 12, Following LoveMusik Matinee Manhattan Theatre Club's "After Words" post-show discussion series focusing on LoveMusik begins May 12 following the matinee performance at the Biltmore Theatre.

The first discussion will be between Dr. Kim Kowalke, who is president of the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and co-editor of the book "Speak Low (When You Speak Love)," and David Shookhoff, MTC's director of education.

"After Words: LoveMusik" is part of MTC's "continuing effort to deepen and enrich the play-going experience for its audiences. Held after selected Saturday matinees at the Biltmore Theatre, this exciting series of talks with writers, cultural critics, journalists, and members of the LoveMusik cast and creative team provides provocative and illuminating insights into the political, cultural, and artistic contexts of the work MTC produces at the Biltmore Theatre."

Topics of discussion for the latest series "may include Kurt Weill's musical legacy; the challenges of adapting the lives of Weill and Lotte Lenya, two great musical theatre titans to the stage; and other issues raised by this musical collaboration between legendary director Harold Prince and Pulitzer Prize-winning book writer Alfred Uhry."

Other editions of "After Words: LoveMusik" are scheduled to include:

   

  • May 19 – Dr. Foster Hirsch, author of "Kurt Weill – On Stage: From Berlin to Broadway" and "Harold Prince and the American Musical Theatre" and Beowulf Borritt, LoveMusik's Drama Desk-nominated set designer.  

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  • May 26 – Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, and Erik Liberman, cast member of LoveMusik.  

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  • June 2 — Michael Feingold, noted Brecht translator and chief theatre critic for The Village Voice, and David Pittu, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for his portrayal of Bertolt Brecht in LoveMusik.  

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  • June 9 — Pamela Katz, screenwriter and novelist who has written extensively on Lotte Lenya, and John Scherer, who plays George Davis in LoveMusik.  

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  • June 16 – Michael Barrett, co-founder and co-artistic director of the acclaimed New York Festival of Song, and Herndon Lackey, LoveMusik cast member. For more information on "After Words: LoveMusik," visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

    According to MTC, "LoveMusik follows the lives of the unlikeliest of lovers – the brilliant, intellectual German composer Kurt Weill (Michael Cerveris) and the woman who became his muse and star, Lotte Lenya (Donna Murphy). LoveMusik is an epic romance, set in Berlin, Paris, Broadway and Hollywood, spanning 25 years in the lives of this complicated couple."

    LoveMusik has been honored with 12 Drama Desk Award nominations, more than any other musical this season, including Outstanding Musical and five Outer Critics Circle nominations including Outstanding New Broadway Musical.

    In addition, Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy have each been nominated respectively for Outstanding Actor and Actress by the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama Desk Awards, and both have received Drama League citations for their work in LoveMusik.

    LoveMusik is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club by special arrangement with Marty Bell, Aldo Scrofani, Boyett Ostar Productions, Tracy Aron, Roger Berlind/Debra Black, Chase Mishkin, and Ted Snowdon.

    LoveMusik features the lyrics of Maxwell Anderson, Bertolt Brecht, Howard Dietz, Roger Fernay, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Maurice Magre, Ogden Nash, Elmer Rice and Kurt Weill.

    Performances are scheduled through June 24.