September 6, 2018
Students and faculty from the University’s Department of Theatre and Dance are getting their act together and taking the show “on the road.”
Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, A Musical Voyage, a show that was part of West Chester’s 2017-18 Season last April, will be produced in the 2018 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
The annual Fringe Festival is a multi-day arts event running now through September 23 throughout the city of Philadelphia. Two performances of Berlin to Broadway are scheduled on Sunday, September 16, at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at L’Etage on 6th and Bainbridge Streets. $15 General Admission tickets can be purchased at the door or online at https://fringearts.com/event/berlin-to-broadway/.
Berlin to Broadway is a compilation and celebration of the Tony Award-winning composer’s musical catalog and features many of his best-known songs including Mack the Knife, Alabama Song, and Lost in the Stars.
WCU Associate Professor and Director/Choreographer of Berlin to Broadway Liz Staruch, says, “Kurt Weill was an immigrant who came to America during a most tumultuous time in our country. His music addressed many socio-political issues of the day like racism, government corruption and corporate greed. There are so many parallels to what we are experiencing today, that it is hard to decipher whether this music was written in the 1940s or now. Its relevancy makes it a valuable addition to this year’s Fringe Festival.”
She adds, “The Fringe Festival is also a great opportunity for our Theatre and Dance students to gain experience performing and producing on a national level, and allows us to showcase the excellent work we do here at West Chester to a larger and more diverse audience.”
The show’s cast includes Rebecca Allen, Kyrsten Bowman, Amber Cooper, Teagan Edsell, Patrick Festa, John Leiderman, Lauren Ralston, Caitlin Thompson, and Maria Carroll.