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Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612
510-465-6400
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3.9 / 5 Rated by 8 members
Review from Rodney Anderson
Red Velvet 444 events 335 reviews

The music and musicians were excellent but the story is dated and it ran too long. Wish they had picked something better.

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Review from K8
9 events 5 reviews

The soloists and the orchestra were great. The chorus was weak at best; Michael Morgan deserves better. It's an interesting piece from Kurt Weil, certainly not a strong one but very American by contrast to his best-known works.

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Review from Peter Randels
9 events 2 reviews

Once again Michael Morgan and his superb orchestra offered a unique presentation which is what keeps their art so fresh. Perhaps a bit too long, the story a bit dull, and not all the songs were great, but the orchestra and singers were wonderful...continued

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(Concert Version) Music by Kurt Weill;

Lyrics by Langston Hughes

Book by Elmer Rice

Julie Adams – Jenny, Rose

Angela Cadelago – Mrs. Fiorentino

Milissa Carey – Mrs. Jones, Intern

Kristen Clayton – Mrs. Maurrant

Tami Dahbura – Mrs. Olsen, Mrs. Hildebrand, Mae

Kirk Eichelberger – Mr. Maurrant

Adam Flowers – Kaplan, Sankey, Dick

Thomas Glenn – Sam

Zachary Gordin – Mr. Jones

Ryan Marcell Houston – Henry

J. Raymond Meyers – Buchanan, Lippo

Nikolas Nackley – Mr. Olsen, Easter

with Oakland Symphony Chorus

(Lynne Morrow, Music Director)

and members of Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir

(Robert Geary, Artistic Director)

Best-known for his collaboration with Bertolt Brecht on The Threepenny Opera, Kurt Weill is one of the most innovative and influential theater composers of the twentieth century. In Street Scene, he mixes show tunes, jazz, arias, folk songs and spirituals to portray the passions and frustrations of a multi-ethnic New York City tenement block during two brutally hot days in the Depression era. With lyrics by the great Harlem Renaissance poet, novelist and playwright Langston Hughes, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Elmer Rice, Street Scene is an important, vital work that builds to an explosive conclusion.

(Suitable for children 10 and over.)

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