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Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel

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Santa Monica, CA

Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel

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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

RIPPEY.

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

waterfront cabaret.

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.

Have questions about Kurt Weill at the Cuttlefish Hotel? Contact the organizer

Where



The West End Theatre at the Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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