Musical theatre fans can rediscover the varied music of Kurt Weill in a show written for Luxembourg audiences and being performed for the first time by Pirates.
“Lost in the Stars”, by Rachel Parker, recounts the story of the German composer, whose works fed into the success of the German cabaret style.
“I was a really big fan of his music…At first I had the idea of a review of songs but then I read a bit about his life story,” Parker told Delano.
The script follows Weill from the start of his career with wife and singer Lotte Lenya, in Germany right up to his death in the US.
Forced to flee Nazi Germany in 1933 because of his Jewish heritage, Weill and Lenya moved to the US 1935 where they continued their careers.
“He wrote a lot of fantastic music in the American style,” said Parker. The leads are played by Alex Teligadas, apparently a dead-ringer for the composer, and Kiara Barker (both pictured), supported by a cast of 18 and band of five.
Familiar songs in the musical include “September Song”, “Mack the Knife” and “Alabama Song”, which The Doors covered.
The musical will be performed on 18-21 May at 8pm, and 21 May at 3pm.