Street Scene

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Music by Kurt Weill

Lyrics by Langston Hughes

Book by Elmer Rice

In collaboration with ISU Opera Studio

Youthful desire, forbidden love, and brutal vengeance simmer to an explosion in the diverse melting pot of a 1940s New York City tenement. As the heat of the day builds, a family is pushed to an eruption that changes the community forever. Soaring operatic arias and duets rub shoulders with jazz and the jitterbug. With numbers such as ‘Lonely House’ and ‘Moon-faced, Starry-eyed’, it’s no wonder that Street Scene was awarded Best Original Score at the first Tony Awards in 1947.

Contains adult content and language.

Performed in Fisher Theater.  Adult tickets $20.  ISU students and youth (18 & under) are free. Tickets available at the door or online through!