Kurt Weill's 'Seven Deadly Sins' -- featuring Memphis -- gets new production in New York

The Wall Street Journal previewed this week a new production by the New York City Ballet of the 1933 Kurt Weill morality play "The Seven Deadly Sins," featuring dancer Wendy Whelan and Broadway star Patti LuPone in a split-personality role.

The play concerns a pair of sisters -- who may be the same person --  who leave home in Louisiana and travel to seven different cities, including Memphis, each of which is used to illustrate one of the seven deadly sins:

The sin of pride is taken up in a Memphis strip club, where half of this sister act wants to be an artistic dancer and other wants to be a stripper, explained (production designer Beowulf) Boritt. "Wendy is the pure sister who is continually accused of the sin. But she's considered prideful because she doesn't want to take her clothes off."

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