Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Pittu's Hit Parade Leads To LoveMusik
Have you ever seen an actor, of whom you've never previously heard anything, who blows you away -- so much and so positively -- that you know you'll never forget them? Actor David Pittu, who is currently part of the phenomenal cast of The Coast Of Utopia, is one such actor.
Last week, as the full cast for the upcoming Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere production of LoveMusik was announced, I was delighted to learn that Pittu would be portraying Bertolt Brecht to Michael Cerveris' Kurt Weill and Donna Murphy's Lotte Lenya. The pedigree of this tuner cannot be understated. Not only does the legendary Hal Prince direct the show that uses Weill's own musical canon, it also features a book by Alfred Uhry.
I first caught Pittu when I took in the 2000 tour of the Uhry/Jason Robert Brown musical Parade. Pittu absolutely took my breath away with his brilliant portrayal of the tragic Leo Frank. It should be noted that critics hailed Pittu's breakthrough performance and largely credited him for helping the tour succeed in measurable ways that surpassed the original Broadway production. Pittu was so superb that he was honored with the National Broadway Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Pittu's addition to the cast of LoveMusik is enough to push me toward purchasing a ticket. Previews for the show begin on April 12; the musical opens on May 3 at the Biltmore Theatre.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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LoveMusik To Play On Broadway This Spring (November 18, 2006)
Driving Alfred Uhry (November 6, 2006)