The Threepenny Opera (
2011)

Play with music after John Gay's The Beggar Opera, in Three Acts
Music by Kurt Weill German translation by Elisabeth Hauptmann; adaptation and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
English translation of the dialog by Robert MacDonlad
English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams
Directed by Halena Kays
Music Directed by Lyn Koenning

February 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8:00 PM
February 20 and 27 at 2:00 PM
Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

A milestone of 20th century musical theater, The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) rolls on unstoppably into the 21st. In their opera “by and for beggars,“ composer Kurt Weill (1900–1950) and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) transformed saccharine, old-fashioned opera and operetta forms, incorporating a sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret. Weill's acid harmonies and Brecht's biting texts created a revolutionary new musical theater that inspired such subsequent hits as Cabaret, Chicago, and Urinetown. The show's opening number, “Mack the Knife,” became one of the top popular songs of the century.

Press and Reviews:
• The Threepenny Opera Press Release
Austin Chronicle - Review by Avimaan Syam - 2/24/11
austinist.com - Review by Georgia Young - 2/24/11
AustinLiveTheatre.com - Review by Michael Meigs - 2/27/11
 

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