Lost in the Stars
Composer: Kurt Weill
Composer Bio: Kurt Julian Weill (March 2, 1900 – April 3, 1950) was a German-Jewish composer, growing up in a religious household. He began piano lessons at 12 and immediately began experimenting with his own compositions. His early success came with his non-stage works though he gravitated toward vocal music and musical theatre. He fled Nazi Germany in 1933, denounced for his socialist views despite being a popular composer. Traveling to Paris, London, and the US he eventually became a United States citizen in 1943. His ideals of writing music that served a socially useful purpose followed him in his travels and he wrote Down in the Valley and other songs in support of the American war effort. Weill died of a heart attack in New York City. His music is still popular sixty years after his death.
Librettist: Maxwell Anderson
Other Artistic Personnel: Kurt Weill, Orchestrator; Maurice Levine, Conductor; Rouben Mamoulian, Director; La Verne French, Choreographer; George Jenkins, Set Designer; Anna Hill Johnstone, Costume Designer; Edward Brinkmann, Stage Manager
Original Cast: Original Broadway Cast: Todd Duncan as Stephen Kumalo; Inez Matthews as Irina, Frank Roane as Leader, Shelia Guyse as Linda; Herbert Coleman as Alex
Premiere Date: October 30, 1949
Producing Company: Music Box Theatre, New York (Playwrights' Company)
Description: A young black man emigrates from the country to Johannesburg. During a robbery, he panics and kills a white liberal and, although repentant, is executed for his crime. The moral center of the work, the young man's father, Stephen Kumalo, regards his son's crime and subsequent punishment as the ultimate test of his faith.
Reviews: The New York Times, Bernard Holland, 11-15-87; The New York Times, John Rockwell, 6-4-86; The New York Times, Mel Gussow, 4-30-86
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: Double Chorus
Orchestration: Reed 1 (fl, cl, asax), Reed 2 (ob, Eng hrn, cl, tsax), Reed 3 (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax), trumpet, piano (accordion), harp, timpani and percussion, 2 violas, 2 cellos, bass
Ballet/Dance: Dancers
Musical Style: A hybrid of straight theater and sung musical, with dialogue accompanied by the orchestra. The harmonic language has been likened to that of a superior Hollywood film score of the time.
Contact: Rodgers and Hammerstein Archive
Phone: 212-541-6600
Schedule of Performances Listings
Lost in the Stars (Weill)
Sunday, July 22, 2012 - Glimmerglass Festival
Lost in the Stars (Weill)
Friday, February 22, 2008 - Opera Theater of Pittsburgh
Lost in the Stars (Weill)
Friday, January 17, 1992 - Boston Lyric Opera
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