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Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill

  • Cropped_berlin-1 Stuart Laing and ensemble | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-2 Richard Mosley-Evans, Alex Banfield and ensemble | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-3 Kathryn Walker and Amy J Payne | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-4 Laura Kelly-McInroy and Martin Pickard (piano) | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-5 Amy Freston and Dean Robinson | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-6 Richard Mosley-Evans and Martin Pickard (piano) | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-7 Nicholas Watts and Lorna James | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-8 Amy Freston and ensemble | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-9 Richard Mosley-Evans, Dean Robinson, Gordon D Shaw, Nicholas Watts, Alex Banfield and Stuart Laing, with Martin Pickard (piano). | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-10 Amy Freston and ensemble | Photo credit: Ant Robling
  • Cropped_berlin-11 Alex Banfield | Photo credit: Ant Robling

Step into the glamorous world of cabaret as we celebrate one of the greatest, most influential musical theatre composers of the 20th Century. 

A co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse in association with City Varieties Music Hall

Join us on an exhilarating tour of highlights from the Kurt Weill songbook, from the smoky cafés of 1920s Berlin to the Broadway stages of the 1940s.

Weill’s show-stopping hits include standards such as ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘September Song’ and a host of other numbers made famous by artists ranging from Sinatra to Bowie, from Streisand to Simone. 

Directed by one of the most inspirational figures in British theatre, Giles Havergal, whose work for Opera North includes popular hits The Barber of Seville and The Merry Widow, this unique show features a fabulous ensemble of singers drawn from the award-winning Chorus of Opera North, stars of Opera North’s acclaimed productions of Carousel and Into the Woods. Together they’ll bring you a cabaret of delights in the atmospheric surroundings of Leeds’ beautiful Victorian music hall, the City Varieties.

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Running Time

Approx. 2 hours 15 minutes (including 20 minute interval)


Sung in English and German

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Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson / Bertolt Brecht / Michael Feingold / Paul Green / Alan Jay Lerner / George Tabori / Marc Blitzstein / Jacques Deval / Ira Gershwin / Langston Hughes / Ogden Nash / Arnold Weinstein
Text and Format by Gene Lerner
Musical arrangements by Newton Wayland
Originally directed by Donald Saddler
Originally produced by Gene Lerner and Hank Kaufman
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited

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Leeds City Varieties Music Hall 15 - 21 Jun 2018
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City Varieties Music Hall
Swan Street


What you say

GLEN said ago

Just what you expect from Opera North - inventive, theatrical, engrossing. Great music, from Weill, of course, and great performances from all on stage and from the free. On a broader note (no pun intended!) I have often asked if an opera voice is right for American musicals, and especially for Weill who broke all the opera rules and created something so new.

Jane Neal said ago

A perfect evening. All performers sang beautifully, perfectly matched to each song, varied and very expressive. Funny, sensual, moving and disturbing in a thought provoking way. I also learned a lot in a short space of time and felt engaged from start to finish. A real treat. I must go again!

Charles Dobson said ago

A fantastic evening! Wonderful singing, sensitive accompaniment, and very slick and stylish movement and dancing. It was particularly interesting to see the contrast between Weill's earlier (Berlin) songs - very satirical, sharp, quite modernistic despite the popular veneer - and his songs for Broadway when he had consciously become more American than the natives. And a tantalising suggestion at the end of the show of what he might have gone on to achieve, by way of a synthesis between his "Berlin" and "Broadway" styles, if he hadn't died prematurely. Not to be missed.

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What the critics say

...it works handsomely...having the songs accompanied, superbly, by Martin Pickard on piano means that we hear more, not less...pin-sharp...

The Arts Desk - Full Review ›

...staging and precision was truly remarkable, every movement had motivation and it was clear and concise...musically stunning...

North West End - Full Review ›

The strength of the Opera North Chorus is obvious, not only in some powerful or amusing ensembles but in stylish solos...

The Reviews Hub - Full Review ›

Additional Information

  • Soprano Amy Freston
  • Soprano Lorna James
  • Mezzo-soprano Laura Kelly-McInroy
  • Mezzo-soprano Amy J. Payne
  • Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Walker
  • Tenor Alex Banfield
  • Tenor Stuart Laing
  • Tenor Nicholas Watts
  • Baritone Richard Mosley-Evans
  • Bass Dean Robinson
  • Bass Gordon D. Shaw
Creative Team
  • Musical Director Martin Pickard
  • Director Giles Havergal
  • Designer Catherine Morgan
  • Choreographer Darren Royston