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Elliot Norton Reviews; Schlamme and Epstein


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Elliot Norton Reviews
Schlamme and Epstein
Series Description

Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Elliot Norton interviews Cabaret performers Martha Schlamme and Alvin Epstein about their production of Schlamme & Epstein sing Bernstein and Blitzstein at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center. This is their second time performing together as a team. The first time was in A Kurt Weill Cabaret at the Bijou Theater on Broadway in 1979.

Schlamme talks about escaping Vienna as a kid and how Kurt Weill’s music reminds her of her time in Austria, when she used to sing his songs. It was not until an acting teacher told her to go back to her roots that she started singing Weill’s music again as an adult. Shlamme and Epstein they talk about Kurt Weill, playwright Maxwell Anderson, playwright and director Bertold Brecht and their respective works.

Schlamme talks about the difficulty of translating musicals from German to English. Schlamme believes it should be treated as an adaptation rather than a literal translation. They speak about Epstein’s production of Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 musical The Cradle Will Rock at the American Repertory Theater. Although it is dated, Epstein believes the themes are still relevant, especially the struggle between the rich and poor.

Director: Joanna Lu. Taped 10/9/1981.

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
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