The Theater: Beauty in Sound

BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL

This show is an auditory feast, but everything except the music leaves something to be desired. Kurt Weill's theater music is one of the glories of the modern stage—haunting, melodious, perfectly wedded to the lyrics. Such songs as Pirate Jenny, Alabama Song, My Ship and Lost in the Stars do more than fill an audience with pleasure. They are incarnations of beauty in sound.

The irritating thing is that the devisers of this production do not leave Weill enough alone. Arbitrarily, the show has a shipboard setting, and a tedious commentator. Donald Saddler has staged the numbers...

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