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Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill – City Varieties, Leeds

Devised by: Gene Lerner Director: Giles Havergal Musical Director: Martin Pickard Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds is not short of quality theatre and it’s good to see the level of co-operation between three of the city’s finest. Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill is a co-production by Opera North and West Yorkshire Playhouse, staged in the City Varieties, a perfect venue ...

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Ballet Black Triple Bill – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Ballet Black (C) Bill Cooper

Founder &Artistic Director: Cassa Pancho MBE Music: Steve Reich, Dustin O’ Halloran, Kurt Weill Choreographer: Arthur Pita, Christopher Marney, Christopher Hampson Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Founded in 2001 by Cassa Pancho with the intention of providing a platform for dancers of black and Asian origin, Ballet Black has become much more than this, carving out a niche for themselves. As a ...

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Ballet Black: Triple Bill – The Lowry, Salford

Ballet Black (C) Bill Cooper

Artistic Director: Cassa Pancho MBE Choreography: Arthur Pita, Christopher Marney, Christopher Hampson Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Ballet Black, established by Cassa Pancho in 2001, is a company for international dancers of black and Asian descent with a focus on classical ballet styles. The company has from the start collaborated with inventive choreographers to create a repertoire of new classical-based work that ...

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CD REVIEW: One Touch of Venus

Reviewer: Holly Spanner The words “long overdue” can truly be applied to this album. One Touch of Venus is the first complete recording of this Kurt Weill musical since its debut at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway in 1943. Loosely following the Greek myth where sculptor Pygmalion falls in love with his statue, the narrative follows Venus of Anatolia; a ...

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Shattered Cabaret – The Purcell Room, Southbank, London

Music: Kurt Weill Performers: L’Orchestre d’Hommes Reviewer: Ann Bawtree This is a production for the enthusiast. Not necessarily a Kurt Weill enthusiast but an enthusiast who does not like a show to be too easy to follow. This event is for those who like to have to work to find out just what is going on. In the brochure for ...

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The Threepenny Opera – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Peter Rowe, Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katie Lee ‘If the misery is genuine, no one will believe it.’ This contemporary adaptation of Brecht’s Threepenny Opera by Graeae Theatre Company explores poverty, disability and common reaction to it, updating the text for our present era of government cuts. Here, the beggars are ...

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The Threepenny Opera – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht, translated by Jeremy Sams Book: Bertolt Brecht, translated by Robert David MacDonald Directors: Peter Rowe and Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Brecht based his Threepenny Opera on the earlier English work, The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay. Written in German, it has frequently been translated into English, with two of its songs, ‘Mack the ...

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