SCC's Theater Program Kicks off 2017 Season

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Photo courtesy of the Weill-Lenya Research Center, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, New York

Southeast Community College’s Theater program kicks off its 2017 season with an edgy, German musical like no other.

“Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, a Musical Voyage,” will debut at the Haymarket Theatre on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. A second show will be on Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens.

“It will trace the musical, theatrical life of Kurt Weill and all of these writers he worked with,” said Jon Gruett, SCC’s theater instructor.

Weill was a German composer who wrote most of his music in the 1920s and 1930s before fleeing Nazi Germany and moving to Paris and ultimately New York.

The popular song “Mack the Knife” was made famous by Bobby Darin and Louis Armstrong in the 1950s, and by Frank Sinatra in the 1980s. It was originally composed by Weill and was featured in the musical drama “The Threepenny Opera.” That song and many others will be part of SCC’s theater production.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to hear his music,” Gruett said. “It’s edgy, and people can draw their own political conclusions.”

The production will feature nine SCC students and a seven-piece orchestra. This type of production is a first for the College, and Gruett is excited for the public to experience Kurt Weill.

“I had been looking for a show that would fit into a preference base that is similar to off-Broadway musicals,” Gruett added.

Tickets will be sold on the evening of the performances at the Haymarket Theatre, 803 Q St., Suite 200, Lincoln. Cash and checks only.

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher Haggar
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
ahaggar@southeast.edu