Mary Carewe’s versatility ranges from musical theatre showstoppers and cabaret songs to contemporary music. She has appeared with orchestras worldwide and has performed under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Kurt Masur, John Rutter, Rod Dunk, Rumon Gamba, Don Pippin, Gareth Hudson, Nick Davies, Nic Raine, John Wilson, Charles Hazlewood and Carl Davis.
‘Come to the Cabaret’
BERLIN – 1933: A PIVOTAL MOMENT IN MUSICAL HISTORY.
Mary Carewe takes you into the political and satirical world of Berlin Cabaret in the 1920’s and 1930’s, tracing the work of Cabaret and Theatre composers and their resultant exodus caused by the devastating Nazi crackdown of 1933.
Follow the fortunes of Franz Waxman, Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender and Erich Korngold as they seek out new lives in America where they achieve success at the very highest levels of the theatre and film industries.
From the intimacy of songs such as and Alone in a Big City, the sexual ambiguity of Masculine-Feminine and the cruel wit of Mack the Knife to lush Academy Award-winning Hollywood film scores like The Sea Hawk and Sunset Boulevardthis is a unique insight into an intriguing era and it’s musical legacy – a fascinating world perpetuated by the Broadway partnership of Kander and Ebb in their award winning musical – Cabaret.
The Music of Bond – James Bond
Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, Nobody Does It Better, Licence to Kill are just a few of the numerous hits from the most famous James Bond movies, which form the basis of a truly thrilling programme. Mary’s virtuosic vocals and high octane performances have prompted the critics to highlight, “a crisp delivery and a versatile vocal range at her command” and “the versatility of a singer to encompass a range of hits…with unflinching ease…”. Mary has toured the programme in Australia, the Far East, Europe (Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom) and the United States, where she made an acclaimed debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in March 2009.
Broadway and the West End
There has always been a great deal of cross fertilization between New York and London and this programme is a reflection of that unique interaction, capturing all the style and sophistication of a great night out at the theatre, featuring songs and musical interludes from classic and contemporary musicals from Broadway and the West End – Cabaret,Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Cats, Evita, A Little Night Music, Wicked and Les Miserables – to name but a few. With her extraordinary story telling skills and dramatic zeal Mary Carewe casts a spell over the audience to create a piece of theatrical magic and brings to life masterpieces by great composers such as Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Coward and Novello.
The Magic of the Movies
The golden era of Hollywood stars such as Judy Garland, Doris Day, Barbara Streisand, Liza Minelli and Marilyn Monroe finds its full glamour in this special programme featuring the most memorable songs from the great movies, including the classics Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The wizard of Oz, The Way We Were and more recent features like Titanic,Fame and Chicago. Mary will revive the most powerful moments from these unforgettable pictures, along with orchestral blockbusters like Star Wars, Gone with the Wind, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
A selection of cabaret recital programmes devised by Mary Carewe and pianist Philip Mayers.
With the rise of Nazism and Hitler’s Chancellorship in 1933, a vast number of musicians, artists and composers left Germany spreading their influence around the globe. This programme delves into the world of Berlin cabaret and political theatre between 1900-1933 and then beyond. Featuring songs by Eisler, Spoliansky, Zemlinsky, Hollaender, Weill, Britten, Bolcom, Gershwin and Blitzstein.
Love, Life and Kurt Weill
Mary and Philip explore the Berlin of Weill’s early days as a composer in the poltically engaged theatre of Brecht. They follow his progress to Paris, the city of Satie and Poulenc, and then on to London, where he lived briefly alongside Britten and Coward whilst working on the operetta Der Kuhhandel. The programme concludes with some of Weill’s glorious Broadway songs; the product of his settlement in the USA.
The Truth about Love
Love won and lost is the stuff of cabaret. This is an evening of pure joy, deep sentiment, dreadful tragedy and bitter cynicism with material by Bolcom, Gershwin, Bowles, Weill, Britten, Poulenc etc…
Pierrot Lunaire with Cabaret
In 1901 Arnold Schoenberg worked briefly as musical director of Überbrettl, one of Berlin’s leading Kabarett houses. Some years later he created Pierrot Lunaire for actress-singer Albertine Zehme and subtitled it “A melodrama”. This extraordinarily virtuosic piece of high expressionism is one of the ground-breaking masterworks of the 20th century.
In addition to the honoree itself, the second half of this programme draws on the golden era of Berlin Cabaret and will feature songs by Schoenberg’s contemporaries: Zemlinsky, Weill, Holländer, Eisler and Spoliansky.
Hommage to Cathy Berberian
Cathy Berberian could be described as one of the very first cross-over artists. As a classical singer, she regularly included songs from vaudeville, Broadway shows and pop music in her recital programmes, and even in her groundbreaking performances of contemporary music was inclined to introduce comedic devices and theatrical elements.
Purcell Winter Song
Schoenberg Pierrot Lunaire
Bruno Maderna Serenata per un Satellite by Bruno Maderna for ensemble
John Cage Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs for solo voice
Luciano Berio Folk Songs
Cathy Berberian Stripsody
Carl Vine Aria
Mauricio Kagel Rrrrrrr
And a collection of Cabaret, Broadway and ‘Pop’ songs….
Cabaret & Jazz: Berlin – London – New York
In the 1920s and 30s cabaret clubs thrived in Berlin just as jazz speakeasies did in New York. It was an era of great social upheavals on both sides of the Atlantic and the music expressed this with cynicism and social commentary on one hand and with frivolous, extrovert expression on the other. This music informed many of the 20th century’s classical composers who experimented with the genre or allowed elements of the style to colour their more serious compositions. The programme seeks out cabaret gems of the Weimar republic, jazz classics from the era of prohibition and highlights their influence on Britten, Bolcom, Sondheim etc.
Works to include:
Spoliansky/Schiffer – Life’s a Swindle; The Smart Set
Weill/Brecht – Surabaya Johnny
Hollander – Sex Appeal; Chuck Out The Men
Gershwin – Oh Gee! Oh Joy!; The Man I Love
Rodgers/Hart – 10 cents a Dance
Gourney/Harburg – Brother Can You Spare A Dime?
Britten/Auden – Cabaret Songs
Bolcom/Weinstein – Toothbrush Time,
Coward – 20th Century Blues; Mad dogs and Englishmen
Sondheim – It’s The Little Things You Do Together