The Threepenny Opera (2011)

"The Threepenny Opera" (2011); Photo: Brenda O'Brian
Photo: Brenda O'Brian

Play with music after John Gay's The Beggar Opera, in Three Acts
Music by Kurt Weill
German translation by Elisabeth Hauptmann
Adaptation and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
English translation of the dialog by Robert MacDonald
English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams
Directed by Helena Kays
Music Directed by Lyn Koenning

Oscar G. Brockett Theatre
February 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8:00 p.m.
February 20 and 27 at 2:00 p.m.

A milestone of 20th century musical theatre, The Threepenny Opera(Die Dreigroschenoper) rolls on unstoppably into the 21st. In their opera "by and for beggars," composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) transformed saccharine, old-fashioned opera and operetta forms, incorporating a sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret. Weill's acid harmonies and Brecht's biting texts created a revolutionary new musical theater that inspired such subsequent hits as Cabaret, Chicago, and Urinetown. The show's opening number, "Mack the Knife," became one of the top popular songs of the century.

Reviews

The Austin Chronicle: "The Threepenny Opera: Inventive direction and fun acting make a wonderful spectacle of Brecht's dark world"
Austinist: "Review: The Threepenny Opera at the Oscar G. Brockett Theatre"