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Concert Performance at the Hollywood Bowl, 1949. Recorded for Overseas Broadcast by Armed Forces Radio
Dorothy Sarnoff (Rose Maurrant), Norman Atkins (Frank Maurrant), Polyna Stoska (Anna Maurrant), Brian Sullivan (Sam Kaplan), Ferdinand Hilt (Henry Davis), Chris Ortiz (David Buchanan), Maria Martino, Alice Lee, Catherine Helgenberg (Greta Fiorentino, Emma Jones, Olga Olsen) & Henry Timmerman (Lippo Fiorentino)
Book by Elmer Rice & Lyrics by Langston Hughes
Street Scene is a Broadway musical or, more precisely, an ‘American opera"’ by Kurt Weill, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Rice. For his work on Street Scene, Weill received the first Tony Award for Best Original Score.
The play takes place on the doorstep of a tenement on the East Side of Manhattan on two brutally hot days in 1946. The story focuses on two plotlines: the romance between Rose Maurrant and her neighbour Sam Kaplan; and on the extramarital affair of Rose's mother, Anna, which is eventually discovered by Rose's irritable father, Frank. The show portrays the ordinary romances, squabbles and gossips of the neighbours, as the mounting tensions involving the Maurrant family eventually build into a tragedy of epic proportions.
Performers were specially assembled for this one concert and casting in some instances is uncertain but given according to best knowledge.
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Ashley Putnam, Marc Embree, Teri Hansen, Kip Wilborn, Film Director: José Montes-Baquer
German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate, Ludwigshafen Theatre Chorus, Klaus Thielitz, James Holmes, Stage Director: Francesca Zambello
Recording Date: 1995
Place of recording: Nombre D'or Widescreen Festival
Running Time: 143 min
Picture Format: 16:9 HDTV
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Menu Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages PAL: D, F
“Street Scene was the most ambitious product of Weill's American years. It's a kind of Porgy andBess transferred to the slum tenements of New York during the Depression, mixing genuine operatic writing with unashamedly popular numbers. It's essentially a team opera, with many roles, portraying the ups and downs of urban life, including childbirth and death.
Ashley Putnam is visually too young for the role of Anna, perhaps, but vocally outstanding in her solo numbers. Teri Hansen initially sounds a shade constricted as her daughter Rose, but she's tender enough in her duet with Kip Wilborn as her lover Sam. Marc Embree is suitably menacing as husband Frank, Janice Felty a strong Emma, and Anthony Mee a delightful roly-poly Neapolitan.
An undoubted star of the production is designer Adrienne Lobel, against whose magnificently solid and realistic set the action unfolds. Another is James Holmes, who brings out the score's darker, dramatic moments as much as its unashamed romanticism and jazz-inflected numbers.
This production reveals what a wonderful work it is – convincing both for its extended operatic writing and its marvellous tunes.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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