Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel
The Santa Monica Pier Corporation has joined forces with Tony Award winning actor/director
Paul Sand to present live theater on the pier, appropriately named THE WEST END THEATER.
That’s about as far west as you can get in L.A. This is how it happened...Paul is eager to tell the
story: “I was taking a walk on the pier with a couple of friends one night recently and I suddenly
thought...Wouldn’t this pier be a perfect place to have a theater and present a vivid production
of KURT WEILL’S dark, theatrical waterfront songs all about revenge, murder and broken
hearts. The next day I contacted Jim Harris, the Deputy Director of the pier and pitched him the
idea. He smiled and said “o.k., we’ve been wanting to add live theater for the pier and I happen
to have an available space at the far west end. It hangs out over the ocean and gets pretty
wild up there some time, would that suit you?” “You bet it would!” said Sand. Jim wound up the
conversation with, ”What do you think of calling it The West End Theater? “I can think of nothing
better,” said Sand.
Paul then contacted a few beautiful, powerful and intense actors, who can also sing, which he
had placed in his “remember that talent” part of his brain. Happily they all agreed to play. He
called his friend Carol Sills, wife and widow of the legendary director Paul Sills who created
Second City and Story Theater and with whom Sand had worked with his entire adult life. Carol
Sills found Michael Roth, the musical director, who happens to be a Kurt Weill expert living
right here in Santa Monica (a block away from Bertolt Brecht’s old house on 26th St.) “Turns
out the guy is brilliant” says Sand. Roth accepted. So did Marie Lalanne, the truly extraordinary
surrealist painter, who came aboard to design the costumes and create the murals on huge
canvas panels in keeping with the carnival atmosphere of the pier. And, the entire company was
formed in less than two weeks.
We are calling it. “KURT WEILL AT THE CUTTLEFISH HOTEL”
The list of Mr. Weill’s songs (so far) to be performed by the “dreamy” ensemble includes:
MACK THE KNIFE and SURABAYA JOHNNY...Performed by the beautiful, tall and angry, (in a
good way) SHAY ASTAR.
PIRATE JENNY and BARBARA SONG...Performed by the beautiful, incandescent MEGAN
LUCK SONG aka ON THE INSUFFICIENCY OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR... Performed by SOL
MASON, a tall lanky attractive kid on the wisely cynical side. He plays the host in this shady
A FINAL AND HORRIFIC VERSE OF- MACK THE KNIFE- Performed by PAUL SAND as
MACK who is obsessed with his own version of justice and insatiable desire for revenge.
THE ALABAMA SONG finale is the whole company singing goodnight to the audience from
under a red spotlight.
The preview night is December 5th 2013, and the Opening Gala will take place on the 6th of December 2013. There are two 45-minute shows each Friday and Saturday night, starting at 7.30 and 9pm, throughout December.