Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Broadway Revives the Oddest Couple

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Broadway Revives the Oddest Couple

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THE latest musical opening on Broadway is a play on the lives of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, perhaps the oddest couple in classical music. He was a German composer of the utmost seriousness. She was a dancing girl who took love where she found it. She discovered her voice in the bitter satires that her husband wrote with Bertolt Brecht and became, for a while, their Threepenny Opera star.

But Lenya scorned marital fidelity and the pair were on the point of divorce when Hitler's rise in 1933 forced them into exile. Weill, in America, reinvented himself as a Broadway melodist, working with Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein and Ogden Nash..

Lenya, hampered by a pumpernickel accent and variable tonality, was reduced to seething idleness. Weill's death at 50 concentrated her mind.

Guided by a gay second husband, she revived Threepenny Opera under Leonard Bernstein's baton and took it to Broadway for a record run 2,611 consecutive nights

in a voice so cracked it amounted to self-caricature. …

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