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Theatre de Lys, (9/20/1955 - 12/17/1961)
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Opening Date: Sep 20, 1955    
Closing Date: Dec 17, 1961 Total Performances:

Category: Musical, Drama, Revival, Off-Broadway
Setting: 19th-century London. Peachum's Beggar's Outfit Shop, a brothel in Wapping, Newgate Prison, a street, an empty stable.
This production is a return engagement of Threepenny Opera (3/10/1954 - 5/30/1954)
Comments: Closed after 2611 performances



Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by Lortel, Inc. (Lucille Lortel: President)
Produced by Carmen Capalbo and Stanley Chase; Produced in association with Lucille Lortel
Book by Bertolt Brecht; Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht; Music by Kurt Weill; English adaptation of book and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein; Musical Director: Samuel Matlovsky; Original orchestration by Kurt Weill
Directed by Carmen Capalbo
Scenic Design by William Pitkin; Lighting Design by Peggy Clark; Assistant to Miss Clark: Alan Bandler
General Manager: Zelda Dorfman
Production Stage Manager: Herbert DuFine; Stage Manager: Rome Smith
Conducted by Samuel Matlovsky; Pianist: Samuel Matlovsky; Alto Saxophone: Charles Russo; Tenor Saxophone: Walter Wegner; Trumpet: Harry Jenkins and Robert Levenson; Trombone: Elliot Philips; Banjo: Michael Danzi; Tympany and Percussion: Al Howard and Wallace Deyerle
Costume Supervisor: William Pitkin; National Press Representative: Bill Doll; Press Representative: Bob Ullman, Seymour Krawitz and Martin Shwartz; Poster, Program & Advertising Artist: David Stone Martin; Program and Advertising Designed by Marshall Lee; Photographer: Zachary Freyman
For his help with this production, the producers wish to thank Morris Stonzek; For his invaluable assistance to the production, the producers wish to thank Fred Feller; For his indispensable help and cooperation, the producers acknowledge their gratitude to Louis Schweitzer
Cast
Tige AndrewsStreetsinger
Beatrice ArthurLucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Jane ConnellMrs. Peachum
Frederic DownsJonathan Jeremiah Peachum
head of a gang of beggars
Lotte LenyaJenny
a whore
Scott MerrillMacheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Jo SullivanPolly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Richard VerneyTiger Brown
Chief of London Police
John AstinReadymoney Matt
Macheath's gang
Joan CoburnBetty
a whore
William DuellCharles Filch
a beggar
(Sep 30, 1955 - Aug 31, 1961)
Messenger
Eddie LawrenceCrook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Marion SeleeMolly
a whore
Bea BarrettCoaxer
a whore
Joseph ElicWalt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Bernie FeinSawtooth Bob
Macheath's gang
Irene KaneDolly
a whore
Steve PalmerSecond Constable
Carroll SaintReverend Kimball
Rome SmithSmith
a police constable
Albert ValentineFirst Constable
Tony Award®
 1956 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Scott Merrill
winner 1956 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Lotte Lenya
winner 1956 Special Award [recipient] 
  Carmen Capalbo
winner 1956 Special Award [recipient] 
  Stanley Chase
music by Kurt Weill; lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
ACT 1 Sung By
Morning AnthemJonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars)
Instead-Of-SongJonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars) and Mrs. Peachum
The Bide-a-Wee in SohoPolly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
Wedding SongThe Gang
Army SongMacheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks), Tiger Brown (Chief of London Police) and The Gang
Wedding Song (Reprise) The Gang
Love SongPolly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Ballad of DependencyMrs. Peachum
The World is MeanPolly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum), Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars) and Mrs. Peachum
ACT 2 Sung By
Polly's SongPolly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Ballad of Dependency (Reprise) Mrs. Peachum
Pirate JennyJenny (a whore)
Tango-BalladJenny (a whore) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Ballad of the Easy LifeMacheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Barbara-SongLucy Brown (Brown's daughter)
Jealousy DuetLucy Brown (Brown's daughter) and Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
How to SurviveMacheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks), Mrs. Peachum and Ensemble
ACT 3 Sung By
Useless SongJonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars) and Beggars
Solomon SongJenny (a whore)
Call From the GraveMacheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Death MessageMacheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
The Mounted MessengerEnsemble