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Cabaret in Captivity at Pangea





Untitled Theater Company #61 will once again be doing our annual performance of Cabaret in Captivity on Monday, April 9th and Monday April 16th at 7:30 PM, at Pangea (178 Second Avenue, between 11th and 12th St) as part of the National Jewish Theater Foundation's Holocaust Theater International Initiative, Remembrance Day Play Readings.

From the UTC#61 website:

"Terezin was the final stop for more than 30,000 Central and Western European Jews, most from Czechoslovakia, Austria and Germany who perished within its walls. For thousands more it was only a way station on the journey to the slave-labor and death camps. Yet it was also a place where many prisoners became intensely aware of the meaning and power or art. During those years in Terezin/Theresienstadt, a vigorous cultural life emerged. Not all prisoners participated in the cultural life and only a small fraction of the works produced there has survived."


"Although honoring a somber event, the atmosphere was surprisingly pleasant and uplifting...Cabaret in Captivity is a call to action to use hope not as a means of passive daydreaming, but a powerful act of resistance. It has been said that humor equals truth plus distance. Perhaps humor was the most palatable, effective way of sharing the unbelievable creativity, will, and resistance that came from the 'Chosen' who 'had no choice.' " - Amy Oestreicher, Broadway World

Previously performed at The Center for Jewish History, the Bohemian National Hall, York Theatre, the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC, and The William Goodenough House in London, England.


Tickets available here



Und Der Regen Rinnt from Mad Jenny on Vimeo.

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Mad Jenny at the Slipper Room



Finally posting some beautiful videos from Mad Jenny's run at the Slipper Room last year, featuring Pandora, Cassandra Rosebeetle and Andrianna Smela.   I had the chance to do some more fun arrangements for the Society Band including Youkali, which I've been wanting to do for years!


Mad World from Mad Jenny on Vimeo.

Featuring Pandora
Jenny Lee Mitchell:  Vocals
Maria Dessena: Piano
Ric Becker: Trombone
Marty Isenberg: Bass
Matthew Talmage: Drums 
Arranged by Maria Dessena 

I was very excited when Pandora brought this song to Jenny - I've always been enamored with the Gary Jules version, but wanted to pay tribute to it while doing something a bit more fantasy-inspired. 



Cassandra Rosebeetle in Youkali from Mad Jenny on Vimeo.

Featuring Cassandra Rosebeetle
Jenny Lee Mitchell:  Vocals
Maria Dessena: Accordion
Ric Becker: Trombone
Marty Isenberg: Bass
Matthew Talmage: Drums 
Arranged by Maria Dessena 

One of my very favorite Kurt Weill Songs....

Youkali
Is the land of our desires
Youkali
Is happiness, pleasure
But it is a dream, a folly
There is no Youkali



Andrianna Smela sings The Song of Black Max from Mad Jenny on Vimeo.

Featuring Vocals by Andrianna Smela
Maria Dessena: Piano
Ric Becker: Trombone
Marty Isenberg: Bass
Matthew Talmage: Drums 
Arranged by Maria Dessena

Ah, Black Max, the song that nearly got me kicked out of music school because I spent all my time practicing the polytonal ending for Andi's upper divisional instead of practicing saxophone for mine...  Well, I'm sure 19-year-old Maria would be glad to hear we'd get to play it together years later in New York with the Society Band!

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