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The Works of Kurt Weill

Here you can explore the full range of original works by Kurt Weill, as well as many derived or compiled since his lifetime. Works are presented in three categories: Stage works, Concert works, and Songs. Some can be found in more than a single category. The works are searchable, sortable in alphabetical and chronological order, and filterable by original status, parent work title, and scale of instrumental forces.

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Kurt Weill centrally devoted his career to the creation of music theater in a spectrum of genres. The Stage Works category contains all works that were intended for production on the stage in some form, whether they be operas, operettas, musical comedies or some unique mixed genre. Under the individual page for each work can be found basic information such as synopsis, performing forces, published editions, translations and adaptations. Pages may also include featured audio and video, historical production photos, and other background information useful to professionals and fans alike. Listings may be sorted by title or date and filtered by original status and scale of performing forces, as appropriate to their respective categories.

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Stage Works

  • Johnny Johnson 1936

    Play with music in three acts. Book and lyrics by Paul Green.

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  • The Judgment of Paris 1938

    Ballet compiled by Antony Tudor incorporating music from Die Dreigroschenoper.

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  • Knickerbocker Holiday 1938

    Musical comedy in two acts after Washington Irving's A History of New York by Diedrich Knickerbocker. Book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson.

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  • Der Kuhhandel (adapted as A Kingdom for a Cow) 1934

    Operetta in two acts. Book and lyrics by Robert Vambery.

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  • Lady in the Dark 1941

    Musical play in two acts. Music and lyrics by Weill and Ira Gershwin. Book by Moss Hart.

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  • Lost in the Stars 1949

    Musical tragedy in two acts after Alan Paton's novel Cry, the Beloved Country. Book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson.

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  • Love Life 1948

    Vaudeville in two parts. Music and lyrics by Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner. Book by Alan Jay Lerner.

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  • LoveMusik 2007

    An original musical incorporating 27 songs by Kurt Weill from across his career. Book by Alfred Uhry. Conceived and directed on Broadway by Hal Prince, this biographical show is based on the correspondence of Weill and Lotte Lenya.

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  • Mahagonny Songspiel 1927

    Text by Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann (in German and English).

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  • Marie Galante 1934

    Play with music in two acts. Book and lyrics by Jacques Deval.

    Florelle as Marie and Alcover as Staub, from the original production, 1934.
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