Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson teamed up for the first time to create this delightful romantic comedy. First performed in 1938, with Walter Huston in the role of Peter Stuyvesant, the work is one of Weill's deft hybrid theater pieces which lie somewhere between operetta and musical theater. Anderson, one of the most important playwrights of the early 20th century, adds bits of political satire that contribute a spicy note to this charmer of a show. The famous pop standard, "September Song," first appeared in Knickerbocker Holiday.
This performance by The Collegiate Chorale featured Victor Garber
as Stuyvesant, Ben Davis
as Brom, Bryce Pinkham
as Washington Irving, David Garrison
as Tienhoven, Kelli O’Hara
as love interest Tina, and Christopher Fitzgerald
as faithful sidekick Tenpin. Broadway's multi-talented Ted Sperling, winner of both Tony and Drama Desk awards, directed the event, and The Chorale's Music Director, James Bagwell, conducted. It was recorded live at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on January 25 & 26, 2011.
1. Introduction & Washington Irving Song
3. Entrance Of The Council
4. Hush Hush
6. It Never Was You
7. Bachelor's Song
8. How Can You Tell An American?
10. One Touch Of Alchemy
11. The One Indispensible Man
12. Young People Think About Love
14. Act One Finale
15. Ballad Of The Robbers
16. Sitting In Jail
17. We Are Cut In Twain
18. Reprise: There's Nowhere To Go But Up!
20. Our Ancient Liberties
21. May And January
22. The Scars
23. Dirge For A Soldier
24. No, Ve Vouldn't Gonto Do It
25. Finale - Reprise: How Can You Tell An American?
Music by Kurt Weill
Book & Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Featuring Victor Garber, Kelli O'Hara, Ben Davis, Bryce Pinkham, David Garrison, Christopher Fitzgerald & More
With The Collegiate Chorale and American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by James Bagwell
Directed by Ted Sperling