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On Hollywood and Weimar
Karyn Levitt Performs the Songs of European Composers from the Golden Age of Film

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9:30 PM
Feinstein's/54 Below

Following on our hugely successful, sold-out performances of On Hollywood and Weimar in New York City at the Triad Theater and Off-Broadway's York Theatre, soprano Karyn Levitt and pianist Jed Distler now look forward to performing this new show at Feinstein's/54 Below.

Soprano/Producer/Writer: Karyn Levitt
Music Director/Pianist: Jed Distler
Directed by: Michael Unger

“Introduced me to a repertoire and stories that were mostly new to me…. A rich theme…. Terrific and expressive singing. Beautiful work!”
-- James Gavin, award-winning music journalist and acclaimed author

Much of Hollywood's greatest film music was written by émigré and exiled composers who fled Nazi Europe for Southern California. Kurt Weill, Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, Dimitri Tiomkin, Miklós Rózsa, and other European composers brought from their respective homelands the highest level of culture, which they poured into American movies. On Hollywood and Weimar celebrates the blending of the old world and the new to produce the uniquely hybrid sound of Hollywood’s Golden Age. From dusty westerns and sweeping romances to the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock, Soprano Karyn Levitt and pianist Jed Distler perform songs ranging in style from Weimar cabaret, musical theater, and country-western to operetta, art song, and jazz… from “Falling in Love Again” to “Green Dolphin Street,” from “San Francisco” and “Cosi Cosa” to “Spellbound,” from “Rawhide” and “(High Noon) Do Not Forsake Me” to Kurt Weill’s “Song of Ruth,” and more! (Running time: 75 minutes.)

Karyn Levitt

Photo by James Gavin

Karyn Levitt is a leading interpreter of this impressive repertoire. She curated all the songs and wrote the narration, which together make the program a perfect homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood. As a distinguished artist/producer, Ms. Levitt is known for her historic collaboration with the foremost Brecht translator, Eric Bentley — whose centennial tribute (hosted by Michael Riedel and featuring Tony Kushner, Austin Pendleton, and other theater luminaries) she produced at The Town Hall and whose work she performs in concert and recorded on her CD, Eric Bentley's Brecht-Eisler Song Book.

On Hollywood and Weimar

Illustration by Joan Chiverton

Past Events

On Hollywood and Weimar
The Songs of European Composers from the Golden Age of Film

Monday, August 12, 2019, 7:00 PM
Triad Theater

On Hollywood and Weimar
The Songs of European Composers from the Golden Age of Film

Thursday, June 6, 2019, 7:00 PM
York Theatre

We are excited about the great success of the premiere of On Hollywood and Weimar, the brand new show from Royal Road Productions, Inc. On June 6th, 2019, Off-Broadway's York Theatre hosted the presentation, starring soprano Karyn Levitt and pianist Jed Distler. The 75-minute program features the songs of European composers from the Golden Age of Film curated by Ms. Levitt who also wrote the narration. She was warmly received by the sold-out house. The show was dedicated to the honor and memory of Royal Road's late Music Director, Glen Roven.

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret
Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30 PM
Princeton University
Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall

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Sunday, September 17, 2017, 7:00 PM
Metropolitan Room

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret
Brecht Haus Literatur Forum - Berlin Debut!
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 8:00 PM
Read Alexandra Ivanoff's amazing review at Arts Review Europe

Pre-concert Lecture by Karyn Levitt for Brooklyn Art Song Society's Wien V: Cabaret Night
Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) concert Wien V: Cabaret Night at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 3, 2017, 7:00 PM

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret
The Metropolitan Room, New York City, January 9, 2017
The Metropolitan Room, New York City, November 5, 2016
The Metropolitan Room, New York City, October 15, 2016

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret
Café Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie, New York City, March 31, 2016

Happy Birthday Eric Bentley! A Centennial Tribute Concert
Town Hall New York City, December 7, 2015

In The Dark Times: Three Austro-German Composers Who Worked with Bertolt Brecht
Amherst College, Amherst, MA ,April, 2015

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College, New York City, February, 2015

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Grinberg Classical Salon Concerts, January, 2015

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Goethe-Institut, Los Angeles, April, 2014

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Goethe-Institut, Boston, March, 2014

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Olin Center for the Arts, Bates College, Maine, February, 2014

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Symphony Space, New York City, February, 2014

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Modfest 2013, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, January, 2013

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Goethe-Institut, Boston, November, 2012

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
Brecht Forum, April, 2012

Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book
U Mass Amherst, March, 2012

Great Songs of the Yiddish Theater
Various venues in Massachusetts, 2009-2011

The Age of Romance: from Vienna to Broadway
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, October 7, 2007