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Washington University South Campus Theatre
6501 Clayton Road
Clayton, MO 63105
8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until June 20
Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera opens with a jaunty song about an unrepentant murderer and ends with the bad guys winning. Why? Because if you’re going to satirize both opera and a corrupt society, you go all the way. Macheath is our charming killer, and he’s currently toying with Polly Peachum’s tender affections. Mr. Peachum, the king of the beggars, isn’t happy with his daughter’s taste in men and plans to set up Macheath for arrest. Mr. Peachum doesn’t know, however, that the chief of police is Macheath’s bosom friend. Crooked cops, murderers getting away with murder and backstabbers getting stabbed — it’s all very familiar to modern audiences. Not bad for a musical written in 1928. New Line Theatre closes out its season with what is arguably (there is no argument) the best musical of all time.
The Threepenny Opera is performed at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (May 28 through June 20) at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (6501 Clayton Road; 314-534-1111 or http://www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $25.
“CLAYTON, MO (KTVI)-New Line Theatre’s 24th season will close with one of the musical world’s dark, comic masterpieces, Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s, THE THREEPENNY OPERA. With a haunting jazz score, this is the musical that inspired many shows that followed including Cabaret, Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Originally opening in Berlin in 1928, the show later became the first mega-hit off Broadway in the 1950s, running over 2,700 performances.
THE THREEPENNY OPERA runs May 28-June 20, 2015. Tickets are $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students and seniors. Performances are held at the Washington University South Campus Theatre on Clayton Road.”
A nice preview piece on “The Threepenny Opera” at New Line Theatre. The show runs March 28-June 20.
New Line Theatre, “the bad boy of musical theatre,” closes its 24th season of adult, alternative musical theatre in June with one of the masterpieces of the art form, the darkly satiric THREEPENNY OPERA (which isn’t really an opera), running May 28-June 20, 2015. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below!
“The bad boy of musical theatre” closes its 24th season of adult, alternative musical theatre with one of the masterpieces of the art form, the darkly satiric THREEPENNY OPERA (which isn’t really an opera), running May 28-June 20, 2015.
The New Line cast includes Todd Schaefer as Capt. MacHeath; Zachary Allen Farmer as Mr. Peachum; Sarah Porter as Mrs. Peachum; Cherlynn Alvarez as Polly; Christopher “Zany” Clark as Tiger Brown; Christina Rios as Lucy Brown; Nikki Glenn as Jenny Diver; and Reynaldo Arceno, Brian Claussen, Kent Coffel, Jeremy Hyatt, Todd Micali, Kimi Short, Margeau Baue Steinau, Luke Steingruby, and Larissa White. Scott Miller directs, with music direction by Jeffery Richard Carter, scenic design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Sarah Porter, lighting design by Kenneth Zinkl, and sound design by Ben Rosemann.
New Line’s season closes with one of the comic masterpieces of the art form, Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s world-famous musical comedy, in the famous translation by Marc Blitzstein (The Cradle Will Rock).
This is the show that launched the pop standard, “Mack the Knife.” With its haunting jazz score, acid harmonies, biting lyrics, and questionable morals, this is the show that inspired Cabaret, Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, and so many other modern musicals. It’s an ironic morality tale about brutal paradoxes, about redemption for the irredeemable, about devotion to the undeserving, about criminal justice serving the unjust, and the poor dressing up to look poorer just so that the rich can get even richer.
Originally opening in Berlin in 1928, the show later became the first mega-hit off Broadway in the late 1950s, running over 2,600 performances. It’s now one of the most revived musicals around the world, having been translated into eighteen languages and performed more than 10,000 times.
The New York Post called the show “a distinguished and delightful work of art, striking, sardonic, original, humorous and always interesting.” The New York Times wrote in 1954, “You are not listening to shop-made jazz. You are listening to a master of his craft, saying in his score all sorts of things, with world weariness, compassion and despair.” Cue called it “sordid and beautiful.” The Chicago Sun-Times wrote of a 2008 production, “With Brecht’s cuttingly satirical look at the meaning of morality in a society populated by gangsters, beggars, prostitutes and corrupt cops, and Weill’s edgy, opera-meets-cabaret score, the show is all but irresistible.”
THE THREEPENNY OPERA runs May 28-June 20, 2015, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, at 8:00 p.m., at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. May 28 is a preview. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays; and $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors on Thursdays. For other information, visit New Line Theatre’s full-service website at http://www.newlinetheatre.com . All programs are subject to change.www.newlinetheatre.com . All programs are subject to change.