"WIE WERDE ICH REICH UND GLÜCKLICH"? Opens in Mannheim Jan 21st 2017.
Mischa Spoliansky’s cabaret revue was met with jubilant acclaim when it first premiered in the Komödie playhouse am Kurfürstendamm in 1930.
With its unassuming tragi-comical protagonists, the absurd story of the rise of a con artist in the middle of the global economic crisis touched the nerve of the times. Despite its musical sophistication, Spoliansky had no qualms entertaining the masses with his jazz, dance and chanson numbers, capturing both the flair of the »Roaring Twenties« and the sentiment of misery in times of crisis. And – let’s be honest – who hasn’t asked themselves: How do I become rich and happy?
»So ist das Leben eben, wie das liebe Leben eben ist. Drum muss man’s leben eben, wie das Leben eben ist. Weil das ganze Leben eben ohne Leben gar kein Leben ist!«
Den arbeitslosen Kibis plagen Geldsorgen. Bisher wusste er zwar, mit Tricksereien die Mietzahlungen aufzuschieben, doch als die Vermieter mit der Kündigung drohen, setzt ihn seine Freundin Lis unter Druck. Marie, Tochter des Inhabers eines großen Automobilkonzerns, langweilt sich vor lauter Reichtum, und ihr Verlobter F. D. Lohrenz hat wegen drängender Geschäfte leider keine Zeit für sie. Für beide Fälle garantiert die Werbebroschüre »Wie werde ich reich und glücklich?« hundertprozentige Abhilfe. Beflissen befolgen Kibis und Marie die dort aufgestellten Leitsätze, bis es Kibis gelingt, Maries Aufmerksamkeit zu erregen, während sie als Wohltäterin der Armen wirkt. Marie verzichtet kurzum auf die Verbindung mit Lohrenz und heiratet Kibis. Das Glück scheint perfekt. Doch merke: »Erstens kommt es anders, zweitens als man denkt.« Beim ersten Ehestreit während eines Strandurlaubs wird offenbar, dass Kibis trotz Reichtum nun nicht mehr glücklich ist, und für Marie die Anweisungen zum richtigen Verhalten bei Lohrenz viel besser funktionieren …
Barry Humphries' Weimar Cabaret review – sardonic, sexual, wonderfully done
Cadogan Hall, London
Heute Nacht Oder Nie
Die Spoliansky-Revue  - The Spoliansky revue Textfassung von Stefan Huber - Text by Stefan Huber
Nach ihrem überwältigenden Erfolg in der Operette Clivia kehren die Geschwister Pfister und Schauspieler Stefan Kurt mit einer Hommage an den Meister des unterhaltsamen satirischen Kabarettsongs und der großen Revuen der Weimarer Republik zurück: eine opulente Vorbühnenshow – mit bekannten und weniger bekannten Juwelen aus der Feder des jüdisch-russischen Komponisten Mischa Spoliansky. After its overwhelming success in the operetta Clivia reverse the siblings Pfister and actor Stefan Kurt with a tribute to the master of entertaining satirical cabaret songs and the great revues of the Weimar Republic back: an opulent Vorbühnenshow - known and lesser-known gems from the pens of Jewish -Russian composer Mischa Spoliansky.
Friday 1st and Saturday 9th April- Sunday 23rd June- Monday 4th July
New recordings of three Spoliansky songs by the talented and versatile Mary Carew. Spring release date to be advised.
Mary Carewe - voice
Saint Joan CD Release
Delighted to announce a limited edition byKritzerland, the film sound track CD of:
Otto Premingers 1957 film“Saint Joan”
Music composed and conducted byMischa Spoliansky.
The first released CD of a film score by Spoliansky, remastered byKritzerlandfrom the original masters of the album held in the Capitol/EMI vaults. The main theme is astonishingly beautiful and evocative, Spoliansky's dramatic scoring accompanies Premingers stately visuals masterfully. His “Toccatina” for organ is a wonderful piece, as is the “Dream Minuet”. But every cue in the film helps underscore the characters many and varied emotions.
Mischa Spoliansky scored for many high profile films like “The Private Life of Don Juan”, “Sanders of the River” (starring Paul Robeson, and for who Spoliansky composed several songs), “The Man who could work Miracles” “Wanted for Murder” “King Solomans Mines” “The Happiest days of our Lives” “North West Frontier” and many others.
On the original LP presentation, the album contained all of Spoliansky's score, cues were combined rather artfully so much so Kritzerland decided to present this CD in the exact same album configuration.
Chandos CD Release
We are pleased to announce the imminent release of a CD of some of Mischa Spolianky's film music. This was recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra under the conductorship of Ramon Garos for the Chandos label. This CD is as a direct result of our partnership deal with Music sales.We are particularly excited about this release as we hope this to be the beginning of our endeavors to re-vive Spoliansky's name to the international prominence he once enjoyed. Theme music from films such as "The Ghost Goes West" & "Wanted for Murder" with songs which became household favorites originally sung by Paul Robeson from films "Sanders of the River" & "King Solomans Mines" originally sung by Paul Robeson, and ending with a most memorable suite "Dedication" from the film "Idol of Paris" a most accomplished piece of film composition.
The Trust is also excited about finalizing Mischa Spoliansky's biography. This was something his eldest daughter Spoli Mills was instrumental in uncovering and undertaking. The biography was compiled by Spoliansky himself and adapted by Penny Black. The publisher is to be Ricordi and is currently undergoing a German translation. We are hopeful of finding and English publisher in the not to distant future.
Melinda Hughes CD
SMOKE AND NOISE
Songs by the Weimar composer Mischa Spoliansky
& the outrageous satirical group Kiss and Tell Cabaret
Available on Amazon on the Nimbus Alliance label.
For more info seewww.kissandtellcabaret.com
Melinda’s satirical look in the jazz style at life now and then with songs from her new album promises to be a riotous evening of song, comedy and cabaret. Kiss and Tell songs are written by Jeremy Limb, Lloyd Evans and Melinda Hughes with music by Jeremy Limb.
Classically trained, Melinda Hughes has performed as an opera singer in over forty countries in more than twenty leading roles from Madame Butterfly in the USA to Fiordiligi, Pamina and The Countess in the UK and Europe. She has performed in concert halls such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and the Auditorio Nacional, Madrid. Her love for Weimar Cabaret inspired her to form Kiss and Tell Cabaret and to record the album Smoke and Noise.
Melinda has recorded with Barry Humphries for Radio 4 “Barry on Weimar” broadcast this summer and will sing at the Hay on Wye Literary Festival on 28th May and The Cadogan Hall, on Monday 13 June for the Intelligence Squared Comedy Evening.
For more info seewww.kissandtellcabaret.com
Reviews for Smoke and Noise
Clear diction means that every syllable tells, and she’s a convincing actress, able to sound vampish, bored, seductive and upper class as each song demands… "Leben ohne lieb" and "Don’t be afraid" are bittersweet jewels. Punchy, witty accompaniments turn what could be an academic archaeological exercise into something far more involving.
The Arts Desk
Hughes, who's fluent in German, is pretty good at smouldering too, and has a comic gift. Hughes delivers the lines with a cut glass accent so arch that sometimes she deliberately sings up a tone, so it feels like the cut glass is cracking. Which is exactly what the song is about. Savagely trenchant. Hughes mixes Spoliansky's originals with songs from her own cabaret Kiss & Tell, like CRUNCH. This song is brilliant. Every line crackles - impossible to quote the best!
An intimate/nearly claustrophobic performance with cynicism and bite, this is tailor made for the opened ears looking for some really wild, new kick. Hughes could sing the phone book, she's that good and the material is justas cool a find. Performance art at it's populist best.
Midwest records USAhttp://midwestrecord.com/MWR308.html