Fans of American musical theater, opera, and drama will enjoy this week's offering from Eastman Opera Theatre. Composer Kurt Weill blended traditional opera and musical theater in "Street Scene," which is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name by Elmer Rice, who wrote the opera's libretto with iconic poet Langston Hughes.
The story follows the lives of a group of New York City tenement residents, depicting their problems, conflicts, hopes, and frustrations over two sultry days. "Weill employed a variety of musical elements from jazz, blues, big band, Italian opera, and Wagnerian orchestral works to reflect the multi-ethnic inhabitants of the brownstone apartment building," per the press release.
"Street Scene" will be presented in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (26 Gibbs St.) on Thursday, April 4-Saturday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. Pre-performance lectures will be given one hour before the start of the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performances in the Ray Wright Room (Room 120) in the Eastman School of Music.
Tickets to the production are $15-$35 (discounts available with UR ID), and can be reserved at the Eastman Theatre Box Office (433 E. Main St.) by calling 454-2100, or online at esm.rochester.edu/concerts/tickets.