Street Scene. A Dramatic Musical From the Play by Elmer Rice... Lyrics by Langston Hughes... Scenery and Lighting by Jo Mielziner Costumes by Lucinda Ballard Dances by Anna Sokolow
by WEILL, Kurt 1900-1950
An opera in two acts to a libretto by Elmer Rice after his own play, with lyrics by Langston Hughes and Rice, Street Scene was first performed in Philadelphia at the Shubert Theatre on December 16, 1946 and in New York at the Adelphi Theatre on January 9, 1947.Weill considered Street Scene his "chef d'oeuvre." Stephen Hinton in Grove Music Online."He was one of the outstanding composers in the generation that came to maturity after World War I, and a key figure in the development of modern forms of musical theatre. His successful and innovatory work for Broadway during the 1940s was a development in more popular terms of the exploratory stage works that had made him the foremost avant-garde theatre composer of the Weimar Republic." David Drew and J. Bradford Robinson in Grove Music Online.. Small quarto. Original publisher's pictorial wrappers printed in brown. 40 pp. Program for an early performance at the Adelphi Theatre in New York for the week beginning Monday, April 14, 1947 with the original cast including Norman Cordon, Anne Jeffreys, Polyna Stoska, Brian Sullivan, Sydney Rayner and Hoper Emerson.Slightly worn, with "Apr. '47" in ink to outer corner of upper wrapper. (Inventory #: 24657)
Musical Autographs and Manuscripts; Rare Books on Music and Dance; First and Early Editions of Printed Music; Prints, Drawings and Ephemera relating to Music and Dance including Opera and Ballet.
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