Theatre Project, American Opera Theater cancels 'Lost in the Stars'

An American Opera Theater production of Kurt Weill's musical "Lost in the Stars" scheduled to open April 22 at the Theatre Project and involving the Baltimore School for the Arts has been canceled.

Director Tim Nelson mentioned to me a while back that there were issues with the Weill Foundation over the performance rights, especially having to do with orchestration of the score.

In the end, the company could not secure the rights, according to a statement released by the Theatre Project, a statement that also offered "sincere thanks to the wonderful faculty and students at the Baltimore School for the Arts who supported this project and gave so generously of their time and talent."

The on-again, off-again Weill production would have been the last enterprise by the adventurous American Opera Theater, which announced earlier that this would be its final season.

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