Young Vic's Production of Weill's Street Scene to Return to London Prior to Tour; Casting Confirmed

News   Young Vic's Production of Weill's Street Scene to Return to London Prior to Tour; Casting Confirmed
 
The Young Vic and Opera Group’s 2008 production of Kurt Weill, Elmer Rice and Langston Hughes’s Street Scene, which won that year’s Evening Standard Award for Best Musical, will return to London, prior to a national tour.

It will begin performances at the Young Vic Sept. 15, prior to an official opening Sept. 20, for a run through Oct. 1, then visit Vienna’s Theater an der Wein (Sept. 25-26), before returning to tour the UK, visiting Basingstoke, Edinburgh, Newport and Hull.

The Opera Group’s artistic director John Fulljames directs an 80-strong ensemble of singers drawn from the world of theatre and opera and a community chorus of young people local to each venue. Many of the acclaimed original cast will reprise their roles including Elena Ferrari as Mrs Maurant, Paul Featherstone, John Moabi, Kate Nelson, Charlotte Page, Paul Reeves, Simone Sauphanor, Joseph Shovelton and Harriet Williams.  Joining them are Nathan Vale, Paul Curievici, Susanna Hurrell, James McOran-Campbell and Geoffrey Dolton.

The BBC Concert Orchestra will play Weill’s score for the opening performances, conducted by their principal conductor Keith Lockhart, who is also music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra.  Tim Murray, who has conducted for The Opera Group, Royal Opera House, Opera Holland Park and Welsh National Opera, will lead the Southbank Sinfonia for the rest of the run. 

Street Scene won the first ever Tony Award for Weill’s music.  It was adapted by Elmer Rice from his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play with lyrics by Langston Hughes. Set in a brownstone tenement building over a long hot summer's day and night, Weill called it "a simple story of everyday life in a big city – a story of love and passion and greed and death."

To book tickets for the London run, contact the Young Vic box office on 020 7922 2922, or visit www.youngvic.org.

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