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A New Musical Explores the Plight of a Vocal Group in Berlin During Hitler's Reign.

The documentary musical theatre "Band in Berlin" just made it's premiere in Philadelphia by the American Music Theatre Festival. (Currently running thru March 22nd). It tells the story of "The Comedian Harmonists" a popular sextet vocal group in Germany in the late '20s and early 30's. By 1935 the group was forced to disband by the Nazis, because half of the group were Jewish. "Band in Berlin" was created by Susan Feldman with Wilbur Pauley and stars the New York-based contemporary sextet, The Hudson Shad. The group will perform some of their songs in the Fresh Air studio, and Terry will talk with the creators. Hudson Shad includes: Mark Bleek, Timothy Leigh Evans, Hugo Munday, Peter Becker. They are joined by pianist Robert Wolinsky.

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Other segments from the episode on March 16, 1998

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 16, 1998: Interview with Wilbur Pauley, Mark Bleek, Timothy Leigh Evans, Hugo Munday, and Robert Wolinsky; Review of Pearl Jam's album "Yield"; Obituary for Benjamin…

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