Kálmán Theatre Debuts in Budapest with “Riviera Girl”

“The struggle for pleasure is the struggle for life,” uttered after an dramatic pause near the end of the Hungarian premiere of a new revival of “Riviera Girl” (1917) in the new Kálmán Imre Theatre on April 20, pretty much summed up how to fathom such unfathomable things as war, gambling, and love. That scene, an electric moment where one of the three men who were competing madly for the hand of a glamorous theatre singer, … Continue reading

Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret

At a time in history when the subject of the day is exile, American soprano Karyn Levitt has chosen a worthy example to build a one-woman cabaret show around. On October 15, in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Room, she presented her musical valentine for Hanns Eisler, the Astro-German composer who was a contemporary of Kurt Weill. With her colleagues pianist Eric Ostling, accordionist William Schimmel, and guitarist Ira Siegel, Levitt sang a collection of Eisler’s art and theatre … Continue reading