|Hal Watters, Judy Lander, Margery Cohen, Jerry Lanning, Ken Kercheval.|
"In Lieu of Reviews"
For background on how this previously unpublished series—introducing all mainstream New York shows between 1970 and 1975—came to be and its relationship to my three The Encyclopedia of the New York Stage volumes (covering every New York play, musical, revue, and revival between 1920 and 1950), please check the prefaces to any of the earlier entries beginning with the letter “A.” See the list at the end of the current entry.
BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL [Musical Revue/Composer Anthology] M: Kurt Weill; LY: Maxwell Anderson, Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Jacques Deval, Michael Feingold, Ira Gershwin, Paul Green, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Ogden Nash, George Tabori, Arnold Weinstein; D: Donald Saddler; S: Herbert Senn and Helen Pond; C: Frank Thompson; L: Thomas Skelton; P: Hank Kaufman and Gene Lerner i/a/w Michael Arthur Film Productions; T: Theatre de Lys (OB); 10/1/72-2/11/73 (156)
A retrospective of 39 Kurt Weill songs from 11 shows, presented within the context of a narrated shipboard voyage (with projections) through the composer’s career. It begins in Germany and ended with his contributions to the American musical. A narrator (Ken Kercheval) filled in the biographical details of Weill’s life in order to illuminate the music in its chronological development.
There were few outright raves and quite a number of notices with severe reservations. Everyone had only esteem for the resplendent Weill tunes but there was little satisfaction with the glossy, inappropriate staging devices of Donald Saddler, the intrusive narrative concept (co-written by co-producer Lerner), the orchestrations, and the company. The German portion of the show failed to work properly, the cast being more at home with the Broadway segments. Typical of the responses was John Simon’s that the show lacked “not only humanity but even femininity, and especially, virility.”
Abelard and Heloise
Absurd Person Singular
“Acrobats” and “Line”
All My Sons
All Over Town
All the Girls Came Out to Play
And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little
And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers
And Whose Little Boy Are You?
Anne of Green Gables
Any Resemblance to Persons Living or Dead
As You Like It
The Au Pair Man
Baba Goya [Nourish the Beast]
The Ballad of Johnny Pot
The Bar that Never Closes
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
The Beauty Part
The Beggar’s Opera
Behold! Cometh the Vanderkellens
Be Kind to People Week