Tschaikowsky (And Other Russians)
In this show, Mark Nadler gives a bravura performance based on the tongue- twisting
Weill-Gershwin classic in which 48 Russian composers are rattled off at breakneck speed,
a remarkable lesson in history, musicology and humanity.
The song "Tschaikowsky (and Other Russians), a list of 48 Russian and Polish composers which was assembled by Ira Gershwin and set to music by Kurt Weill made Danny Kaye a star overnight. Mark Nadler deconstructs this song by explaining who each of these men were, playing bits of their music and tying their lives to American popular song.This is a madcap, richly layered and ultimately deeply moving study in the nature of fame.