The Whitechapel Whirlwind
Composer: Howard Fredrics
Librettist: Jacob Sager Weinstein
Original Cast: Excerpt performance (March 2005): Andrew O'Conner, tenor - Jack "Kid" Berg Eliot Alderman, baritone - Toni Canzoneri and Ted "Kid" Lewis Sani Muliaumaseali'i, tenor - "Kid" Chocolate Ann De Renais, coloratura soprano - Kiki Roberts Lori Joachim Fredrics, mezzo-soprano - Moyra Berg and
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: Jack "Kid" Berg, the great British-Jewish boxing champion of the 1920s-40s, along with Italian American boxer, Tony Canzoneri, and Afro-Cuban boxer, "Kid" Chocolate shared a common experience growing up in poverty-stricken communities, where the the only ticket out was either a life of crime or the boxing arena. The opera traces Kid Berg's rise to stardom from his humble London East End upbringing through his years as a free-wheeling matinee idol figure who had daliances with the likes of Mae West and Kiki Roberts (the mistress of the notorious gangster, Legs Diamond) and into his later years when he still believed he could make one more comeback. For Jack, celebrity was everything.
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 2
Musical Style: Across between Berg Henze, Weil, with elements of jazz and blues.
Contact: Howard Fredrics U.S. Contact 5 Duke Ct. Park Ridge, NJ 07656 201-573-9655 howardfredrics@hotmail.com
Phone: +44 208 943 9396
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