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Weill eventually moved to the United States where he wrote music for some very popular Broadway musicals. Among his later works are Lady in the Dark (1941) which has lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Street Scene (1947) for which Langston Hughes wrote the libretto. Street Scene won one of the first Antoinette Perry 'Tony' Awards. Having dealt with cardiac problems for some years, Weill died of a heart attack in 1950.

Patti LuPone as Leocadia Begbick and Donnie Rae Albert as Trinity Moses. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard
Patti LuPone as Leocadia Begbick and Donnie Rae Albert as Trinity Moses. Photo © 2007 Robert Millard

On 22 February 2007, Los Angeles Opera presented Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny in an English translation by Michael Feingold with sound amplification designed by Dan Moses Schreier. This production by John Doyle combined the talents of musical theater artists Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone with some of the company's well known opera singers.

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