Hell’s Fury: The Hollywood Songbook

June 19, 2019

June 23, 2019


Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto



Events Description

Internationally-renowned baritone Russell Braun portrays famed Hollywood composer, Hanns Eisler in the world premiere of this timely and unique work of music theatre.

Following a sold-out work-in-progress presentation at Luminato 2018, Hell’s Fury: The Hollywood Songbook makes it world premiere at the 2019 festival. Internationally renowned baritone Russell Braun portrays the rise and fall of Hanns Eisler, the famed Oscar-nominated composer who fled to the United States from Nazi Germany only to become blacklisted by Hollywood film executives and banned from his adopted country at the beginning of the Cold War.

Exiled from Germany in 1933 after the Nazi party censored his music, Eisler settled in Hollywood and where he composed some of the most significant film music of the decade, including the score for Fritz Lang’s Hangmen Also Die, for which he received one of his two Academy Award nominations. Eisler’s close collaborator and fellow-exile Bertolt Brecht’s poetry cycle Hollywood Elegies, forms the basis of the Hollywood Songbook, using songs of exile to convey the mixed emotions that both artists felt for Hollywood, a place Brecht described as “paradise and hell in the same city”.

The production’s creative team is led by acclaimed director Tim Albery, who devised the show’s original concept, and the award-winning Canadian designer Michael Levine, whose original concepts bring Eisler’s world to life. Braun is accompanied on stage by Juno Award-winning pianist Serouj Kradjian.

Who is it for?


Tickets : Standard: $45-$95 / Student, Youth, Art worker, Under 30: $30-$71.25
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Date & Time: June 19-22 at 7:00pm

June 23 at 2:00pm
Run time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Venue: Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W

Street Parking, Paid Parking
Public transport accessible

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