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Threepenny Opera   

 
Empire Theatre, (4/13/1933 - 4/22/1933)
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Opening Date: Apr 13, 1933    
Closing Date: Apr 22, 1933 Total Performances: 12

Category: Musical, Operetta, Original, Broadway
Setting: 19th-century London. Peachum's Beggar's Outfit Shop, a brothel in Wapping, Newgate Prison, a street, an empty stable.



Production Staff
Produced by John Krimsky and Gifford Cochran
Original German libretto by Bertolt Brecht; Adapted into English by Gifford Cochran and Jerrold Krimsky; Based on the German "Die Dreigroschenoper" by Elisabeth Hauptmann and Bertolt Brecht; Based on the "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay; Music by Kurt Weill; Musical Director: Macklin Marrow; Music orchestrated by Kurt Weill
Staged by Francesco Von Mendelssohn
Scenic Design by Cleon Throckmorton; Settings based on designs by Caspar Neher
Cast
Gus AlexanderBeggar
Corine AndersonBeggar
Lillian ArdellBeggar
Harry BellaverWalt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Richard BengaliBeggar
Evelyn BeresfordMrs. Peachum
Anthony BlairMatt of the Mint
Macheath's gang
Arthur BradyFirst Constable
Lotta BurnellMadame
Jack CarstairsBeggar
Robert ChisholmMacheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
John ConnollyReverend Kimball
Jean De KovenMolly
a whore
Marjorie DilleJenny
a whore
H.L. DonsuWing
Steffi DunaPolly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Rex EvansSheriff Brown
Louis HalperinBeggar
Gerald HamerSmith
a police constable
James Clarence HarveyConstable
Mary HeberdenVixen
George HellerBallad Singer
Sawtooth Bob
Macheath's gang
Harry HornickBeggar / Bystander
Josephine HustonLucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Harold ImberBeggar
Francis KennellyJimmy
Macheath's gang
Hilda KostaSuky Tawdry
Larry LarkinConstable
Ellen LoveBeggar
Geraldine LunbyBeggar
Burgess MeredithCrook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Tom MorganBeggar
Thomas MurphyBeggar
Lillian OkunBetty
a whore
Eugene ReedTrull
Herbert RudleyCharles Filch
a beggar
Ruth ThomasDolly
a whore
Clyde TurnerConstable
Morton UlmanBeggar
Rex WeberJonathan Jeremiah Peachum
head of a gang of beggars
Barbara WinchesterBeggar
music by Kurt Weill; lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
ACT 1 Sung By
The Legend of Mackie MesserBallad Singer
Wedding SongThe Gang
Pirate JennyPolly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
Soldiers' SongMacheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks) and Sheriff Brown
Love DuetPolly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
First FinaleJonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars), Mrs. Peachum and Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
ACT 2 Sung By
Farewell SongPolly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Tango-BalladJenny (a whore) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Lucy SongLucy Brown (Brown's daughter)
Ballad of the Easy LifeMacheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Jealousy DuetLucy Brown (Brown's daughter) and Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
Second FinaleJenny (a whore), Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks) and Chorus
ACT 3 Sung By
Song of the Aimlessness of LifeJonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars)
Cry from the DungeonMacheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
TestamentMacheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Third FinaleSheriff Brown, Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks), Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum), Jenny (a whore), Lucy Brown (Brown's daughter), Mrs. Peachum, Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars) and Chorus