The Threepenny Opera

Merriam Theater

Play with music after John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera, in Three Acts"
Music by Kurt Weill
Adaptation and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Alexandru Mihail
Music Directed by David Jenkins
German translation by Elisabeth Hauptmann
English translation of dialog by Robert MacDonald
English translation of lyrics by Jeremy Sams
Used by arrangement with European American Music Corporation, agent for the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., and agent for the Brecht Estate

Part of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts' "Polyphone Festival."

Set in Victorian London, the bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho's underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief's daughter, he is again betrayed - this time by a prostitute - and sentenced to death. At the final hour he manages a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony.

(Courtesy of Rodgers and Hammerstein)

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Merriam Theater
250 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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