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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.
Comments: Closed after 2611 performances
This production is a return engagement of Threepenny Opera (3/10/1954 - 5/30/1954)


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 Andrews Streetsinger
Beatrice Arthur Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Jane Connell Mrs. Peachum
Frederic Downs Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
head of a gang of beggars
Lotte Lenya Jenny
a whore
Scott Merrill Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Jo Sullivan Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Richard Verney Tiger Brown
Chief of London Police
John Astin Readymoney Matt
Macheath's gang
Joan Coburn Betty
a whore
William Duell Charles Filch
a beggar
(Sep 30, 1955 - Sep 1961)
Messenger
Eddie Lawrence Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Marion Selee Molly
a whore
Bea Barrett Coaxer
a whore
Joseph Elic Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Bernie Fein Sawtooth Bob
Macheath's gang
Irene Kane Dolly
a whore
Steve Palmer Second Constable
Carroll Saint Reverend Kimball
Rome Smith Smith
a police constable
Albert Valentine First Constable
Tony Award®
 1956 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Scott Merrill
winner 1956 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner]
Lotte Lenya
nominee 1956 Special Award [recipient]
Carmen Capalbo
nominee 1956 Special Award [recipient]
Stanley Chase
music by Kurt Weill; lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
ACT 1Sung By
Morning Anthem Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars)
Instead-Of-Song Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars) and Mrs. Peachum
The Bide-a-Wee in Soho Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
Wedding Song The Gang
Army Song Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks), Tiger Brown (Chief of London Police) and The Gang
Wedding Song (Reprise)The Gang
Love Song Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Ballad of Dependency Mrs. Peachum
The World is Mean Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum), Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars) and Mrs. Peachum
ACT 2Sung By
Polly's Song Polly 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 Jenny Jenny (a whore)
Tango-Ballad Jenny (a whore) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Ballad of the Easy Life Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Barbara-Song Lucy Brown (Brown's daughter)
Jealousy Duet Lucy Brown (Brown's daughter) and Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
How to Survive Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks), Mrs. Peachum and Ensemble
ACT 3Sung By
Useless Song Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars) and Beggars
Solomon Song Jenny (a whore)
Call From the Grave Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Death Message Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
The Mounted Messenger Ensemble