For his final Broadway score, Kurt Weill gave passionate voice to this powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid South Africa. The stirring story is of two aging men -- a black country parson and a white British planter -- drawn into friendship by a shared grief.
The parson's faith is challenged by his son's unintentional murder of the planter's son, while the planter acquires faith through the loss of his son. Sadly, the years have not diminished the timeliness of the theme, which is the tragedy of all people, whether black or white, rich or poor, young or old.
â€œBeautifully conceived, brilliant in its theatrical effects ...and, without ever being maudlin, is so affecting in its emotional content that not only was the audience at the performanceâ€™s end in tears, so were the cast members....A great theatrical experience.â€William Burnett OperaWarhorses.com
"The work remains remarkably moving. Paton's anguished vision of his country's divisions still strikes deep and Weill's score still soars.Walter Goodman New York Times
"Lost in the Stars proves to be a fresh and compelling piece of work. Weill's richly expansive score is one of the best he ever wrote for Broadway, while Maxwell Anderson's parable-like text is very effective.â€Terry Teachout Wall Street Journal
"A masterwork. Its musical score by Kurt Weill, making generous use of full choruses, is powerful and exciting . . . . Lost in the Stars is a synthesis of song and drama such as you are not likely to have encountered before . . . . A theatrical event of major importance."John Hobart San Francisco Chronicle
â€œOf the four Glimmerglass presentations this season, [Lost in the Stars] is the most timely and deeply felt. Through the immediacy of the songs and the quality of the performances, ...labels and genres are transcended. The primacy of art and humanity rise to the fore.â€Joseph Dalton Albany Times Union
"A work of truth, beauty and immense artistry. . . . a triumphant piece of theater."Howard Barnes New York Herald Tribune
â€œFor her second season at the Glimmerglass Festival ...Francesca Zambello has hit a home run. The high pointis Kurt Weillâ€™s Lost in the Stars....This hybrid of opera and music theater is ideally served by Tazewell Thompsonâ€™s sensitive, understated production; the splendid Glimmerglass chorus; ...and especially the towering, heartfelt performance of Eric Owens. Lost in the Stars resembles an oratorio, and the chorus...brings weight and pathos to the showâ€™s great laments and its theme about how fear keeps the races divided....Subtle stage direction and ... thoughtful conducting let the deep emotion of this piece come through.â€Heidi Waleson Wall Street Journal
â€œWith the lush, urgent conducting of John DeMain and the full-voiced singing of a winning cast, the production, directed by Tazewell Thompson in a dark, affecting and fluid staging, draws out the operatic resonances of Weillâ€™s score. Mr. Owens triumphed in the lead role of Stephen Kumalo.... [His] complete identification with Kumalo comes through in every moment of his searing portrayal.... Nuanced and powerful.â€Anthony Tommasini New York Times
"Weill's music lifts it onto the exalted plane of spiritual experience. Instead of the manufactured uplift of modern musicals, we are offered an overwhelming moral statement about our common humanity."Michael Billington The Guardian
"Kurt Weill was the greatest composer ever to write for Broadway. Lost in the Stars is very moving . . . with a score of magisterial sweep. A distinguished and thrilling piece of musical theater."Clives Barnes New York Times
"A masterpiece of articulate eloquence and solid structure that sidesteps obvious clichÃ©s.... The point of the show isn't to question individual faults, but how apartheid poisoned people. And the point of this revival is the music--evocative, lush and downright brilliant.... The repeated use of choral singing creates haunting effects, and Weill's original orchestrations alone are so intricate that you'd need a repeat visit to fully appreciate them...Â Lost in the Stars may have a somber message, but when this kind of magic happens onstage, all feels right with the world--of theater, at least.Elizabeth Vincentell New York Post
"The shattering story and seductive Weill score had me spellbound."John Simon Uncensored John Simon
"Triumphant and deeply moving . . . theater at its best."Theatre
"Packed with gorgeous and emotional musical moments . . . . [Weill's] most dramatically rich work. . . . Anderson's book and lyrics, in the style of musical dramas of the day, is filled with heart-on-its-sleeve sincerity and warm, simple poetry."Michael Dale Broadway World
"Contains some of [Weill's] most stirring and original work . . . . His music captures native dignity, the bustle of city life, and the plangent feelings of life under assault . . . . Anderson's lyrics, alternately gritty and poetic evocations of individual and collective souls, are ideal complements . . . . A masterful work that, even 61 years after its debut, cries out to be heard."Matthew Murray Talkin' Broadway
"Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country is one of the great moral acts in literature. In his adaptation Anderson caught much of its power, anguish and dignity, and Weill's music is a treasure of our lyric theater . . . the best show of the Broadway season."Jack Kroll Newsweek
"The score ranges from some sensuous ballads to a few lighthearted songs to a number of pieces so soaring, so powerful they seem like hymns . . . . A reminder of what great musical theater is."Howard Kissel Daily News
"Kurt Weill was the greatest composer of theater songs of the century . . . . I am moved closer to tears by the title song of Lost in the Stars than by any other single song created for the American stage."Alan Rich New York Magazine
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