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Town Hall concert
Town Hall concert

Royal Road Productions

Royal Road Productions' mission is to conceive and present innovative musical-theatrical productions for stage, film, television, and streaming media.

In 2015, RRP produced a centennial tribute concert at The Town Hall honoring Eric Bentley's 100th year, featuring the world premiere of unpublished Songs for Mother Courage by Darius Milhaud and Eric Bentley. The event was hosted by Michael Riedel and included speeches by Tony Kushner and Austin Pendleton, among others luminaries of the theatre, and the film of this historic event is soon to be released.

Another recent project, Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret, about the life and times of the Austro-German composer, featuring Eisler's songs with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht in English versions by Eric Bentley, was met with tremendous success in the U.S. at Café Sabarsky, Metropolitan Room, and Princeton University, as well as at a special performance in Berlin at the Brecht-Haus (where the graves of Brecht and Eisler are located).

Royal Road Productions has also presented its innovative programs at Carnegie Hall (Weill), the Goethe Institutes of Boston and Los Angeles, and Symphony Space.

2019 projects include a new show, called On Hollywood and Weimar The Songs of European Composers from the Golden Age of Film starring soprano Karyn Levitt and pianist Jed Distler at the York Theatre, as well the forthcoming release of the film, Happy Birthday Eric Bentley! A Centennial Tribute Concert, for broadcast on arts channels.


Production Team

Karyn Levitt, Executive Producer

Karyn Levitt

Founder and President of Royal Road Productions, Karyn Levitt has produced/performed numerous theatrical concerts at prestigious venues, including The Town Hall, Carnegie Hall (Weill), Cafe Sabarsky, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Brecht-Haus in Berlin, Shakespeare & Company, Symphony Space, Metropolitan Room, Off-Broadway's York Theater, numerous colleges and universities including Princeton, Vassar, USC, and Bates, and the Goethe Institutes of Boston and Los Angeles. Highlights at Royal Road include: producing the 100th centennial celebration of Eric Bentley, an event that she had filmed and also produced, performing “Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret” at Brecht-Haus, winning a major arts grant from the Nokia foundation, and bringing “On Hollywood and Weimar: The Songs of European Composers from the Golden Age of Film” to the legendary cabaret venue Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Ms. Levitt is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned her degree with Honors in English Literature. Her professional background also includes singing, acting, composing, writing, editing, and performance coaching.

Aryeh Finklestein, Producer and Literary Curator

Aryeh Finklestein

Born in Israel and educated in England, Aryeh Finklestein is a librettist, reviewer, translator and independent scholar. As librettist he has collaborated with composer Charles Osborne in several critically-acclaimed oratorios - including SOULS ON FIRE, which featured Leonard Nimoy as narrator, and KINGS & FISHERMEN, with Theodore Bikel. Both pieces were performed in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Other works have been staged at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, as well as other notable venues in the US.

Peter Dingens, Artist Manager & PR Director

Peter Dingens

Peter Dingens is a PR Manager with a background of twenty years in artist public relations and artist management in New York and Berlin. For several years he worked for the PR and Management firm of Herbert Breslin in New York and thereafter independently representing some of the world’s leading artists for their international public relations. Peter maintains wide-ranging contacts in the classical music business and with the international media. He received his M.A. in Political Science, History and Economics from the University of Bonn, Germany.

Caleb Jaster, Executive Assistant

Caleb Jaster

Caleb is a Brooklyn-based arts administrator. Since graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016 where he studied piano and harpsichord, he has worked for a variety of NYC’s performing arts organizations in addition to his work at Royal Road Productions including: Heartbeat Opera, The Little Orchestra Society, Baruch Performing Arts Center, and the publicity firms Classical Music Communications and Schumann Associates.During summers he returns to his hometown in New Hampshire to work as a faculty member of the Lake Winni Summer Music Camp as well as working at the Staunton Music Festival in Virginia as a stage manager.


Glen Roven, Musical Director

Glen Roven

July 13, 1958 – July 25, 2018

GLEN ROVEN music produced Karyn Levitt's CD, Eric Bentley's Brecht-Eisler Song Book, and also served as Royal Road Productions' music director and conductor for our event honoring Eric Bentley at the Town Hall. We lovingly acknowledge here the enormous contribution which the late GR made to Royal Road Productions' projects, and particularly to the 2015 live event at the Town Hall on which the film is based.

Glen grew up in Brooklyn, NY. A prodigious musical talent, he debuted at age 19 with Sugar Babies, starring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, becoming the youngest conductor in Broadway history. A two-time Emmy winner, he was at home equally in the classical and popular repertoires. He conducted for Placido Domingo, Kathleen Battle and Renee Fleming, as he did for Patti LuPone, Wynton Marsalis and Sammy Davis, Jr. A composer himself, he wrote 29 song cycles which have been performed around the world. He has produced and composed for Jason Alexander, Dolly Parton, Michael Douglas and Tyne Daly, and conducted Frank Sinatra’s final television concert. He was the founder of both GPRecords and Roven Records. He was chosen to conduct four Presidential Inaugural Concerts, as well as America’s Millennium Celebration, which was produced by Steven Spielberg.