Berlin to Broadway:
The Songs of Kurt Weill
Bremner sings the Cabaret Songs of Kurt Weill
from 'Mack the Knife' to 'Speak Low'
accompanied by David Patrick on piano
(short clips from the album 'Bremner Sings Weill')
“compelling throughout... for sheer emotion, unvarnished and raw” --Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
"a fantastic show - outstanding singing. It was sleazy. It was stirring. It was utterly memorable" -- Sunday Times (UK)
From Berlin to Broadway celebrates the music and life of Kurt Weill. The cabaret concert weaves together the songs and the story of the Jewish-born artist; from his early collaborations with Bertolt Brecht in Berlin in the 1920s, to reaching Broadway after he flees Germany in 1933. The concert also paints a personal portrait of Weill, a fascinating complex man, and his complicated love affair with his wife Lotte Lenya. Bremner’s concert includes 15 songs from Weill’s career that reflect the breadth of his music including well-known numbers such as ‘Mack The Knife’ from his hit the threepenny opera and the beautiful ballad ‘Foolish Heart’, as well as lesser -known songs such as ‘The Soldier’s Wife’ and ‘Oh Captain’.
“I love Kurt Weill’s music because it is infused with constant, tumultuous, immediate passion. Every note of Weill's music expresses love and hope as much as it expresses rage and despair. Cole Porter wrote the smartest lines in the world, and George and Ira Gershwin knew exactly what people wanted to hear. But only Kurt Weill could write a song you could sing in a Church or in a Cabaret” - Bremner Duthie.
From Berlin to Broadway is an intimate musical cabaret, infused with Bremner’s warmth and humour, which is set to give audiences a fondness for Kurt Weill’s music and an insight into this legendary figure. Weill was a revolutionary and an angry young man, an avant-garde of the 20th century, who broke new musical and theatrical ground and has left an enormous musical legacy. His most famous works were his Berlin cabaret and theatre collaborations with Bertolt Brecht. As the Nazis took power in Germany and Weill fled to America, he quickly linked up with writers and lyricists like Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Maxwell Anderson, Elmer Rice, and the literary giant of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes. As well as bringing to the fore Weill’s musical brilliance and his passionate views on subjects such as human injustice, Bremner’s concert beautifully shares the story of Weill’s complex relationship with the love of his life, actress Lotte Lenya.
American-born singer and performer Bremner Duthie now lives between New Orleans and Paris. His broad-ranging singing career includes major operatic roles, musical theatre and award-winning one-man cabaret and jazz shows. He is accompanied on piano by the immensely versatile Edinburgh-based David Patrick. David has accompanied some of the finest singers in the world, including Barbara Morrison, Carol Kidd, Tina May, Clare Martin, Todd Gordon and Jacqui Dankworth.
"The wonderful Bremner Duthie and his tribute to Kurt Weill: whether you want to hear standards like Speak Low, Lost in the Stars, or I'm a Stranger Here Myself, or maybe you were interested in the Moritat of Mackie Messer, (also known as Mack the Knife from Three Penny Opera) Bremner has an incredible delivery, a voice perfectly suited to Weill...."
"Over the course of From Berlin to Broadway, performer Bremner Duthie delivers a range of songs from the career of one of the modern's world most well known composers, Kurt Weill. Duthie's voice thoroughly resonates with a forceful and precise mastery... An informative and passionately musical experience by a talented performer."
NoLa Defender Magazine
Kurt Weill was born in Desau, Germany in 1900, the son of a synagogue cantor. He studied composition with Humperdink and Busoni, and by 22, the Berlin Philharmonic had premiered two of his compositions. Weill's musical legacy is enormous, and all of it broke new musical and theatrical ground. His most famous and enduring works were his Berlin cabaret and theater collaborations with the Bertolt Brecht, "The Threepenny Opera" and "Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny."
Weill fled to America as the Nazis took power and linked up with writers and lyricists like Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Maxwell Anderson, Elmer Rice, and the literary giant of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes. He left a legacy of gorgeous, memorable songs, and committed political artistic achievement. www.kwf.org
From Berlin to Broadway features songs from across Weill's career - from early works like The Three Penny Opera to the last song he composed from an unfinished setting of Huckleberry Finn. Along the way there are gems like Speak Low, September Song, No Where to Go But Up, and rarely heard works like Weill's settings of poetry by Walt Whitman.
"One of the best renditions of Mack the Knife you're likely to hear. Extraordinary." - The Winnipeg Sun
"Captivating performances of Weill's songs... beautifully delivered with power and emotion.... we are magically transported to 1930's Berlin." - Three Weeks Magazine, Edinburgh, Scotland
"A voice of power and inner beauty that commands the whole space..... One is seduced by the sheer power and beauty of this performance" - Musical Stages Magazine, London, England
"It takes more than just an expressive voice to really communicate Kurt Weill songs - it takes love, fear, regrets, wistfulness, loneliness, tragedy and charm. And above all, it takes a fine actor. Duthie has it all. Listening to Duthie sing is like sipping hot chocolate topped with cream, sitting on a sun terrace high up in the French Alps, snow all around." - Theatreworld Magazine, London, UK
"My god, does he ever sing. Bremner's performance is jaw-dropping-my jaw literally dropped.... This is the show the lucky few who get to see it will be raving about until next year's festival, and you should kick yourself if you're not one of them. " - View Magazine, Hamilton , Ontario