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The Next Whisky Bar

Musical revue of Weill's songs conceived by Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli. Orchestrations by Paul Sportelli (based on Weill's original orchestrations).

Work Details


ca. 80 minutes

First Performance

21 August 2015, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Shaw Festival, Jay Turvey, dir., Paul Sportelli, cond.

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The story of one evening in a dockside bar in Rostock, Germany in 1924. A group of sailors descend on the bar and experience an evening of camaraderie, loss, and self-discovery while interacting with the prostitutes who who work there. The narrative is delivered entirely through the music of Kurt Weill and his various collaborators, most notably Bertolt Brecht.

  • Mack the Knife
  • Alabama Song
  • Song of the Rhineland
  • Tango Ballad
  • Bilbao Song
  • Mandalay Song
  • Ballad of Sexual Dependency
  • As You Make Your Bed
  • Nanna's Lied
  • Wouldn't You Like to Be on Broadway?
  • Berlin Im Licht
  • What Keeps Mankind Alive?
  • Surabaya Johnny
  • Ballad of the Soldier's Wife
  • My Ship
  • The Drowned Girl
  • September Song
  • Youkali
  • Lost in the Stars

  • Cast

    • Singing Roles

      • Magda (alto)
      • Kurt (tenor)
      • Gisela (soprano)
      • Elli (soprano)
      • Horst (baritone)
      • Gunther (baritone)
      • Jakob (baritone)
  • Instrumentation

    • Clarinet (ten. sax)
    • Accordion (musical saw)
    • Banjo
    • Piano
    • Drums
    • Bass

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