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UPDATE:  Lone Star Lyric has postponed their production of “Witches” to June, 2019

However, my Nov 3 talk at the Round Top Theater Forum will include numerous performed excerpts -songs and scenes – from the musical.


Looking for something fun and fierce and feminine to do this Halloween?  In Houston?

My musical “Witches” is receiving its Texas debut at the Lone Star Lyric, starring Kelli Estes and Sonja Bruzauskas as the witches Margaret and Leona getting ready for their ninth and final life, and looking back at 8 lives lived as Eve, Lilith, Lady Macbeth, Snow White’s Stepqueen, Hansel and Gretel’s …uh…host, with a heavy emphasis on what they went through as modern day women of the 20th and 21st century.

“Witches” has been performed dozens of times all over Germany, three different productions in Berlin alone as well as in Austria and Finland (in Finnish!).  The English translation has been produced twice in New York City.  And next is Houston.

Performances will be the last weekend of October.  I’ll be there, as well as the following weekend at the Roundtop Theater Forum, giving a little talk while Kelli and Sonja perform songs from “Witches”.

So if you’re in Houston this Halloween weekend, do join us for some Black Sabbath serenading.

kelli estes

Kelli Estes

Sonja bruzauskas

Sonja Bruzauskas

Below is the info from the Lone Star Lyric website as well as Houston’s Match website:


WITCHES, a musical comedy, music and English adaptation by Danny Ashkenasi.

Original German Book and Lyrics: Peter Lund

Starring: Sonja Bruzauskas and Kelli Estes

Director: John Arnold

Music Director/Pianist: Keith Weber

Lighting Director: Jim Elliott

Costumes: Alicia Chew

“Witches” is the bawdy, clever, nine-lives spanning musical about two women who happen to be witches, and have been so since the beginning of time. As we take a tour through their lives, we see all the highs and lows that affect the career, family, sex- and love life and of the modern day woman/witch and also how she dealt with all those same persecutions and pleasures in her several past lives as Eve, or Lady Macbeth, or Snow White’s Stepqueen…

“Witches” (“Hexen”) has been successfully staged in its original German version in about two dozen productions in theaters all over Germany and Austria, including at least three times in Berlin alone (Deutsche Oper Berlin, CAMA Theater, Intimes Theater) since 1991. The English language adaptation is by the composer, Danny Ashkenasi.

November 3, 8:30 PM at the 21st Annual Round Top Theatre Forum at Festival Hill Danny Ashkenasi with Sonja Bruzauskas and Kelli Estes:

“Multifaceted Collaborations: Perspectives from a Composer, Writer, Actor, and Teacher”

Featuring: Sonja Bruzauskas and Kelli Estes will present excerpts with Keith Weber on piano

Warning: this show has adult content that may not be suitable for children.


I’ll be creating a special page for “Witches” soon.  For now you can read or hear more about/from “Witches” by checking out this post.

About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 40 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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