From our 2010 press release:
Join us for a night of song, story, and sin!
Love is a Poverty You Can Sell pays tribute to the timeless music and musical influence of German composer Kurt Weill with a production that marries the bold and naked theatrical style he and writer/director Bertolt Brecht pioneered with the spectacle of traditional musical theatre – all within the setting of an authentic 1920’s Berlin cabaret. Love is a Poverty You Can Sell includes musical selections from Weill’s best known works like ‘The Threepenny Opera’, ‘The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny’, and ‘Street Scene’, as well as numbers from shows shaped by Weill’s artistic legacy, such as ‘Sweeney Todd’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Chicago’, and ‘The Black Rider’. With this year marking both the 110th anniversary of Weill’s birth and the 60th anniversary of his death, there is no better opportunity to celebrate his genius.
Directed by Sarah Thorpe, Love is a Poverty You Can Sell features a bountiful cast of actors, opera singers, rock songstresses, jazz balladeers, drag performers, and other bohemian riff-raff backed by a live and lively ten-piece orchestra. Emcees ‘Hans’ and ‘Jodel’ add a dash of levity and narrative to the proceedings with their corkscrew brand of banter and a dark tale about the rise and fall of a young actress. Elegant, decadent, and irreverent, Love is a Poverty You Can Sell promises an evening to remember.