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Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson teamed up for the first time to create this delightful romantic comedy. First performed in 1938, with Walter Huston in the role of Peter Stuyvesant, the work is one of Weill's deft hybrid theater pieces which lie somewhere between operetta and musical theater. Anderson, one of the most important playwrights of the early 20th century, adds bits of political satire that contribute a spicy note to this charmer of a show. The famous pop standard, "September Song," first appeared in Knickerbocker Holiday.
This performance by The Collegiate Chorale featured Victor Garber as Stuyvesant, Ben Davis as Brom, Bryce Pinkham as Washington Irving, David Garrison as Tienhoven, Kelli O'Hara as love interest Tina, and Christopher Fitzgerald as faithful sidekick Tenpin. Broadway's multi-talented Ted Sperling, winner of both Tony and Drama Desk awards, directed the event, and The Chorale's Music Director, James Bagwell, conducted. It was recorded live at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on January 25 & 26, 2011.