The Kurt Weill Foundation presents an occasional list of recent publications in various media pertaining to Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein. Please suggest additions and corrections to


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Lady in the Dark. Black-and-white recording of 1954 television adaptation directed by Max Liebman. VAI 4588.

Native Land. Documentary (1941) with score by Marc Blitzstein; directed by Leo Hurwitz and Paul Strand. Flicker Alley FA MD-3 043. Black Hawk Films Collection.

CD’s & LP’s

The Road of Promise. Recording of U.S. premiere performance in May 2015. Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, and other soloists; MasterVoices (then known as Collegiate Chorale), Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Ted Sperling, conductor. Navona Records NV6059.

Die Dreigroschenoper. Re-issue on 180-gram vinyl of first complete recording (Columbia, 1958) under the supervision of Lotte Lenya. Music on Vinyl MOVCL021.

Sextet of Orchestra U.S.A. Mack the Knife and other Berlin Theatre Songs of Kurt Weill. RCA Victor Legacy 88985308602. (CD re-issue of 1964 LP with three bonus tracks.)

Geheime Sender: Der Rundfunk im Widerstand gegen Hitler. World War II propaganda recordings aimed at German audiences, compiled by Hans Sarkowicz. Der Hörverlag. ISBN: 978-3-8445-2326-3. Includes Lotte Lenya’s rendition of “Lied einer deutschen Mutter” by Paul Dessau and Bertolt Brecht. 8-CD set.

Deep Changes. Alessia Obino, vocals, with string ensemble. Caligola 2211. Includes “Saga of Jenny” and “Lonely House.”

Manhattan Serenade. Celia Berk, vocals; Alex Ryback, arranger and conductor. Nightingale Music B01EDA9JCW. Includes “Lonely House” and “Romance of a Lifetime.”

Vienne, Paris, Hollywood. Isabelle Georges, vocalist, Jeff Cohen, piano. La Musica LMU 009. (Includes “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” and “Youkali.”)

Songs of Life. Scott Morgan, vocals; Fred Hersch, piano, et al. Miranda Music MMCD1024. Includes “Lost in the Stars.”

Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy. Guy Klucevsek, accordion, et al. Starkland ST-225. Includes “Three Quarter Moon (In Memory of Kurt Weill).”


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Schebera, Jürgen. Kurt Weill: Konzis. Mainz: Schott, 2016. (Revised and updated edition of brief biography originally published in 2000.)

Gardner, Kara Anne. Agnes De Mille: Telling Stories in Broadway Dance. New York: Oxford, 2016. (Includes chapter on original production of One Touch of Venus.)

Kaufman, David. Some Enchanted Evenings: The Glittering Life and Times of Mary Martin. New York: St. Martin’s, 2016. (Includes chapter on original production of One Touch of Venus.)

Benedetto, Alberto. Brecht e il Piccolo Teatro: una questione di diritti. Milano : Mimesis, 2016. (Includes commentary on productions of Die Dreigroschenoper in Milan.)

Bloom, Ken. Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes. New York: Oxford, 2016. (Includes several stories about Weill.)

Albom, Mitch. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. Paperback edition. New York: Harper, 2016. (Includes quotations from Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s song “Lost in the Stars.”)


Eisler, Garrett. “‘Ethnic Americanism’ vs. Isolationism: Pluralistic Anti-Fascism in ‘Fun to Be Free.'” In Experiments in Democracy: Interracial and Cross-Cultural Exchange in American Theatre, 1912-1945. Ed. Cheryl Black and Jonathan Shandell. Carbondale: Southern Illinois Univ. Press, 2016, pp. 191-212.

Lynch, Christopher. “Operatic Conventions on Broadway, 1935-1960.” In “In Search of the ‘Great American Opera'”: Tendenzen des amerikanischen Musiktheaters. Münster: Waxmann, 2016, pp. 65-80.

January-June 2017 | January-June 2016