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The Beggar's Opera   

48th Street Theatre, (3/28/1928 - circa. 4/1928)
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Opening Date: Mar 28, 1928    
Closing Date: Apr 1928 Total Performances: 36

Category: Musical, Drama, Operetta, Revival, Broadway
Description: An operetta in three acts
Setting: London, 1728.

Production Staff
Produced by J.C. Duff; Produced in association with A. L. Jones and Morris Green
Book by John Gay
George BakerMacheath
Marjorie ChardBetty Coaxer
Julie CorneliusSuky Tawdry
George GregsonBeggar
Alfred HeatherFilch
Vera HurstMrs. Vixen
Charles MagrathMrs. Peachum
Lena MaitlandMrs. Peachum
Julia MeoBetty Doxy
Julie MeoDiana Trapes
Audrey MildmayMrs. Slammekin
Beatrice MorsonDolly Trull
Sylvia NelisPolly Peachum
Alison RamsayJenny Diver
Celia TurrillLucy Lockit
Zaidee WhiteMolly Brazen
Norman WilliamsLockit
music by John Gay; lyrics by John Gay
ACT 1 Sung By
Through all the Employments of LifePeachum
'Tis Woman that seduces all MankindFilch
If any Wench Venus's Girdle wearMrs. Peachum
If Love the Virgin's Heart invadeMrs. Peachum
A Maid is like the golden OarMrs. Peachum
Virgins are like the fair Flower in its LustrePolly Peachum
Our Polly is a sad Slut! nor heeds what we have taught herMrs. Peachum
Can Love be controul'd by Advice?Polly Peachum
O Polly, you might have toy'd and kistMrs. Peachum and Polly Peachum
I, like a Ship in Storms, was tostPolly Peachum
A Fox may steal your Hens, SirPeachum
Oh, ponder well! Be not severePolly Peachum
The Turtle thus with plaintive cryingPolly Peachum
Pretty Polly, sayMacheath and Polly Peachum
My Heart was so freeMacheath
Were I laid on Greenland's CoastMacheath and Polly Peachum
O what Pain it is to part!Polly Peachum and Macheath
ACT 2 Sung By
Fill ev'ry Glass, for Wine inspires usMatt of the Mint and Chorus
Let us take the RoadMatt of the Mint and Chorus
If the Heart of a Man is deprest with CaresMacheath
Youth's Season made for JoysMacheath and Ladies' Chorus
Before the Barn-door crowingJenny Diver
At the Tree I shall suffer with pleasureMacheath
Man may escape from Rope and GunMacheath
Thus when a good Huswife sees a RatLucy Lockit
How cruel are the TraytorsLucy Lockit
The first time at the Looking-glassMacheath
When you censure the AgeLockit and Peachum
Is then his Fate decreed, Sir?Lucy Lockit
You'll think e'er many days ensueLockit
Thus when the Swallow, seeking PreyPolly Peachum
How happy could I be with eitherMacheath
I'm bubbledPolly Peachum and Lucy Lockit
Cease your FunningPolly Peachum
Why how now, Madam Flirt?Lucy Lockit and Polly Peachum
No Power on Earth can e'er dividePolly Peachum
ACT 3 Sung By
Thus Gamesters United in Friendship are foundLockit
The Modes of the Court so common are grownMacheath
In the Days of my Youth I could bill like a Dove, fa, la, la, &c.Mrs. Trapes
I'm like Skiff on the ocean tostLucy Lockit
A Curse attends that Woman's LovePolly Peachum and Lucy Lockit
Come, sweet LassLucy Lockit
Hither, dear Husband, turn your EyesPolly Peachum and Lucy Lockit
Which way shall I turn me?- How can I decide?Macheath
The Charge is prepar'd; The Lawyers are metMacheath
O cruel, cruel, cruel CaseMacheath
Of All the Friends in time of GriefMacheath
But Valour the stronger grows
But can I leave my pretty Hussies
Their Eyes, their lips, their Busses
Would I might be hang'd!Lucy Lockit, Polly Peachum, Macheath and Chorus
Thus I stand like the Turk, with his Doxies aroundMacheath and Chorus