Outstanding Performances Brought to Life Online

(includes subtitles for german and french lyrics)

Thursday, July 9th – Sunday, July 12th  |  Watch Online

An Affair to Remember: The Love Story of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya

Conceived and Performed by UTE GFRERER

Weill holds a solid place in the pantheon of 20th-century composers, as a serious classical composer and a Broadway tunesmith – a harbinger of today’s boundary-crossing musicians.

Weill, born in 1900 to a musical Jewish family Germany; ­Lenya, born to a working-class Catholic family in Vienna, in 1898; they shared the troubled sweep of European history from just before World War I to the failure of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis.

This cabaret of songs and stories from their lives and love affairs makes for a powerful performance onstage by world-renowned vocalist Ute Gfrerer and accompanied by Scott Nicholas on the baby grand.

This production is FREE to view thanks to the Shubert Foundation, the Applied Materials Foundation, and our donors who have made contributions to Gloucester Stage this season. Please consider making a gift with your complimentary ticket purchase to help continue our mission on Cape Ann.

There are a limited number of ‘seats’ available. Click WATCH ONLINE and then a video link and password will be emailed to you with your receipt. Your ticket will have a date on it, but you will have access to watch at any point from July 9 – July 12th.

How do I watch online? 

You can watch the video via several platforms. Here are specific instructions and links to helpful Vimeo articles. You will receive a link and password via email immediately with your receipt. Check spam or email info@gloucesterstage.com if you don’t receive this confirmation.

Watch via your computer’s web browser:

  • Follow the link that was sent to you in your email
  • Enter the password when prompted.


Watch via your Phone (on an app or the browser):

It doesn’t matter if you have the Vimeo app.

  • Follow the link that was sent to you in your email.
  • Enter the password when prompted.


Watch via your TV streaming device:

This article in Vimeo’s help section will let you know what TV streaming devices have Vimeo apps.

There is a multi-step process for watching a password-protected video using a Vimeo app on a TV streaming device. The first part can be done on a web browser or a phone app.

Web Browser, iPad, or iPhone:

  • Go to http://vimeo.com and create a Vimeo account. If you already have one, log in.
  • Go back to your email and follow the link that was provided in your email.
  • Enter the password when prompted. You will then have access to the video.
  • In the upper right hand corner of the video screen you will see a heart icon and a clock icon. Click the clock icon. This adds the video to your “Watch Later” list.
  • Note: On an iPhone there are three dots just below the lower right hand side of the video screen and if you click those you will see a “Watch Later”. Select that and you will see a notification that you have saved it to your watch list.


First, install the Vimeo app on your TV Streaming Device. Then, go to your TV app:

Open the Vimeo App on your Smart TV or Streaming Device.

  • Log in using the same account that you used to save the video to your “Watch Later” list. You should see the video saved there and now available to be played. If you are already logged into your account on your AppleTV or Roku when you add the video to your “Watch Later” list, it may not appear on your list on your TV until you logout and log back in, again (this is what happened to us).
  • The Vimeo app for AppleTV’s has been fixed!


Watching the video on your Apple TV using Airplay:

From the Vimeo website: “With your device connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV, start playing a video and tap the AirPlay icon in the lower right-hand corner of the player. Just like that, your selected video will begin playing on your TV.”

(Watching) Casting a Video on a Chromecast:

From the Vimeo website: “With your device connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast, start playing a video and tap the Chromecast icon in the lower right-hand corner of the player. In mere moments, your selected video will begin playing on your TV. You can continue browsing Vimeo on your device while your video plays, and control playback on your TV using the Chromecast controls at the bottom of the app.”

UTE GFRERER, A native of Austria is an internationally acclaimed singer and performer, with a varied repertoire ranging from classical opera, operetta and Lied to 20th century masterpieces of Kurt Weill, French chanson and Broadway. After studying  Voice and Acting in Los Angeles, Ute Gfrerer was a soloist in opera houses and concert stages such as the Zurich Opera, the Vienna Volksoper, Alte Oper Frankfurt, the NHK Hall in Tokyo, The Megaron in Athens, the Festspielhaus Baden Baden and the Barbican Hall in London.

She worked with a number of renowned conductors, including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Franz Welser-Moest, Thomas Hengelbrook, Latham König, Ralf Weikert, Carlos Kalmar, Bertrand de Billy and lngo Metzmacher on concert and opera stages in Zurich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, London, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Berlin, Lisbon, Salzburg, Bregenz und Vienna.

Benny Sato Ambush is a professional SDC stage director, former Producer/Artistic Director of professional theaters, educator, consultant and published commentator.

Prior artistic leadership experience include: Producing Director – Oakland (CA) Ensemble Theatre, Associate Artistic Director – San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, Acting Artistic Director – Providence, RI’s Rites and Reason Theatre Company, Co-Artistic Director – San Francisco Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Director-In-Residence – Manalapan, Florida’s Florida Stage and Producing Artistic Director – Richmond, VA’s TheatreVirginia. He directed at all these theaters. He was Associate Artistic Director of Anna Deavere Smith’s Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue at Harvard University – summer 2000.

Other regional directing credits: Old Globe Theatre; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland; South Coast Rep; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company; Magic Theatre; Geva Theatre; Playwrights Horizon; Ford’s Theatre; Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays; Lincoln Center Theater Institute; Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; Indiana’s New Harmony Project; Actors Guild of Lexington; Alaska Theatre of Youth; International Theatre Festival of Chicago; Sacramento Theatre Company; National Black Theatre Festival; Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre; all five of the San Francisco Bay Area McDonalds Gospel Fests; New York University’s Graduate Acting Program; North Carolina School of the Arts; Cornell University; Florida Atlantic University; Minneapolis Playwright Center’s PlayLab, North Carolina Black Repertory Company, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Gloucester Stage Company, The New Rep, TheatreSquared, and NPR Radio.

He has narrated the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival twice, and has toured the former Soviet Union and Kenya via the United States Information Agency.

He was Director of the Institute for Teledramatic Arts and Technology – California State University, Monterey Bay’s unique, storytelling-based, multidisciplinary program that integrated production-oriented study in theater production, filmmaking, video/television production, radio production, and new media production.

He has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts; American Conservatory Theater Conservatory; California State University, Monterey Bay; Colorado College; Kenyatta University – Nairobi, Kenya; Contra Costa College; Brown University; University of California, San Diego; University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Florida Atlantic University and Emerson College.

He has served on numerous regional and national boards – including Theatre Communications Group (TCG), has been a panelist and site evaluator for the National Ensowment for the Arts as well as numerous state arts councils and is active nationally in the advocacy of cultural equity, non-traditional casting and pluralism in the American theater. He is a Board Member of the National Theatre Conference and a Steering Committee Member of The Craftsmen of Dionysus: A Society of Acting Teachers.

Mr. Ambush directed the 2005 production of America’s oldest and longest running outdoor drama The Lost Colony in the Outer Banks of North Carolina – its 68th annual edition.