On Hollywood and Weimar
The Songs of European Jewish Composers from the Golden Age of Film
Monday, August 12, 2019, 7:00 PM
We are excited about the great success of the premiere of On Hollywood and Weimar, the brand new show from Royal Road Productions, at Off-Broadway's York Theatre on June 6th! Starring Soprano Karyn Levitt and Pianist Jed Distler, the 75-minute program features the songs of European composers from the Golden Age of Film curated by Ms. Levitt who also wrote the narration. Ms. Levitt was warmly received by the sold-out house. The show was dedicated to the honor and memory of Royal Road's late Music Director, Glen Roven.
BRAVA! [...] I cannot congratulate or praise you enough for the beautiful work you did, for introducing me to a repertoire and stories that were mostly new to me, and for your terrific and expressive singing. [...] What a rich theme you chose, and you drew the ultimate depth out of it. [...] It was my honor to be there to experience a show that good. It taught me a lot and gave me so much pleasure.
— Award-winning music journalist and acclaimed book author James Gavin, regarding the On Hollywood and Weimar premiere at the York Theatre
Many of Hollywood’s greatest film scores were written by émigré and exiled composers who fled Nazi Europe for Southern California. Musical geniuses like Kurt Weill, Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, and Dimitri Tiomkin brought from their respective homelands the highest level of culture, which they poured into American film music. From dusty westerns and sweeping romances to the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock, "On Hollywood and Weimar” celebrates the blending of the old world and the new to produce the uniquely hybrid sound of Hollywood's Golden Age, with songs performed by soprano Karyn Levitt and pianist Jed Distler.