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The Alabama Song

The Alabama Song

The Alabama Song first appeared in a collection of five poems published by Bertholt Brecht in 1927, called Die Hauspostille. It was written in English and performed by Brecht, to his own music, on stages all over Berlin. He was soon approached by an unlikely collaborator, the classical composer Kurt Weill, who was impressed with …

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Das Lila Lied

Das Lila Lied

Das Lila Lied (The Lavender Song) was written by the cabaret composer Mischa Spoliansky (under the pseudonym of Arno Billing) and songwriter Kurt Schwabach in 1920. It was dedicated to the German physician and ‘sexologist’ Magnus Hirschfeld, an early homosexual rights activist. It is now considered to be the first ever Gay Rights anthem. This …

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Die Morität von Mackie Messer

Die Morität von Mackie Messer

In late August of 1928 writer Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill were days away from the premier of their new production Die Dreigroschenoper – a reworking of John Gay’s eighteenth Century drama The Beggars Opera at Berlin’s Theater am Schiffbauerdamm. The leading man, Harald Paulsen, approached the pair with his concerns that his character …

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War’n Sie Schon Mal in Mich Verliebt?

War’n Sie Schon Mal in Mich Verliebt?

In 1932 the entertainer Max Hansen released the song War’n Sie Schon Mal in Mich Verliebt? (Weren’t You Once In Love With Me?). Its subject matter, inferring Hitler was gay, caused him a great deal of trouble. It was, however, a big hit but shortly afterwards Max Hansen fled Germany for Vienna. A short English …

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Wenn die beste Freundin

Wenn die beste Freundin

One of the most successful shows from the writing partnership of Marcellus Schiffer and Micha Spoliansky was Es Liegt in Der Luft (It’s In The Air). It is a short revue, consisting of twenty-four short stories told in the setting of a large Berlin Department Store and premiered at The Comedy on The Kurfüstendam on …

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