“I originally sang this Kurt Weill show last February at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. It is a beautiful theatre where I performed in the premiere of the opera, Angels in America . I was next scheduled to perform Weill in November and I was freaking out because I hadn’t sung it for so long. Then I got a call from Beth Hogan from the Odyssey Theatre who told me they had just lost Steven Berkoff [scheduled to direct The Hairy Ape this month]. He got a film. Then she asked if there was anything I could do within this framework. And I realized I could actually do the Weill. It would allow me to work on the text and get it in my voice again. So, this has obliged me to work on it way in advance of my scheduled November concert. This is not my first time performing at the Odyssey. I did Diva on the Verge , which is a piece I had toured all over the world. After I stopped doing it for a while, I realized that I had to start working on it again. It was Steven [Berkoff] who told me the Odyssey was the perfect place to do it, because it has such an educated audience and is a lovely little theater in which to perform. I am delighted to be back.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM). On Oct 9, author Patty Farmer discusses her book, Playboy Swings, the history of Playboy’s involvement in the resurrection and promotion of jazz in America.