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The Beggar's Opera   

This production played in repertory with The Three Sisters, Measure for Measure, Scapin, Next Time I'll Sing to You

Billy Rose Theatre, (12/23/1973 - 1/11/1974)
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Opening Date: Dec 23, 1973    
Closing Date: Jan 11, 1974 Total Performances: 6

Category: Musical, Drama, Operetta, Revival, Broadway
Description: An operetta in three acts
Setting: London, 1728.

Production Staff
Produced by City Center Acting Company (John Houseman, Artistic Director; Margot Harley, Producing Director; Porter Van Zandt, Executive Director), John Houseman and Margot Harley
Music by John Gay; Lyrics by John Gay; Book by John Gay; Musical Director: Roland Gagnon; Music arranged by Roland Gagnon; Dance arrangements by Elizabeth Keen
Directed by Gene Lesser
Scenic Design by Robert Yodice; Costume Design by Carrie F. Robbins; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein
Production Stage Manager: Peter B. Mumford
Press Representative: Sol Jacobson and Lewis Harmon
Nita AngelettiMrs. Trapes
Gisela CaldwellSuky Tawdry
Leah ChandlerDolly Trull
Joel ColodnerHarry Paddington
Peter DvorskyJemmy Twitcher
Benjamin HendricksonBeggar
Cynthia HermanPolly Peachum
Kevin KlineMacheath
Patti LuPoneLucy Lockit
Mary-Joan NegroJenny Diver
Richard OomsMatt of the Mint
Mary Lou RosatoMrs. Peachum
Betty Coaxer
Jared SakrenCrook-Finger'd Jack
David SchrammWat Dreary
Gerald ShawNimming Ned
Norman SnowFilch
David Ogden StiersPeachum
Sam TsoutsouvasLockit
Drama Desk Award
winner 1972 Most Promising Costume Design [winner] 
 Costume Design by Carrie F. Robbins
music by John Gay; lyrics by John Gay
ACT 1 Sung By
Through all the Employments of LifePeachum
'Tis Woman that seduces all MankindFilch
If any Wench Venus's Girdle wearMrs. Peachum
If Love the Virgin's Heart invadeMrs. Peachum
A Maid is like the golden OarMrs. Peachum
Virgins are like the fair Flower in its LustrePolly Peachum
Our Polly is a sad Slut! nor heeds what we have taught herMrs. Peachum
Can Love be controul'd by Advice?Polly Peachum
O Polly, you might have toy'd and kistMrs. Peachum and Polly Peachum
I, like a Ship in Storms, was tostPolly Peachum
A Fox may steal your Hens, SirPeachum
Oh, ponder well! Be not severePolly Peachum
The Turtle thus with plaintive cryingPolly Peachum
Pretty Polly, sayMacheath and Polly Peachum
My Heart was so freeMacheath
Were I laid on Greenland's CoastMacheath and Polly Peachum
O what Pain it is to part!Polly Peachum and Macheath
The Miser thus a Shilling seesMacheath and Polly Peachum
ACT 2 Sung By
Fill ev'ry Glass, for Wine inspires usMatt of the Mint and Chorus
Let us take the RoadMatt of the Mint and Chorus
If the Heart of a Man is deprest with CaresMacheath
Youth's Season made for JoysMacheath and Ladies' Chorus
Before the Barn-door crowingJenny Diver
The Gamesters and Lawyers are Jugglers alikeJenny Diver
At the Tree I shall suffer with pleasureMacheath
Man may escape from Rope and GunMacheath
Thus when a good Huswife sees a RatLucy Lockit
How cruel are the TraytorsLucy Lockit
The first time at the Looking-glassMacheath
When you censure the AgeLockit and Peachum
Is then his Fate decreed, Sir?Lucy Lockit
You'll think e'er many days ensueLockit
If you at an Office solicit your DueMacheath
Thus when the Swallow, seeking PreyPolly Peachum
How happy could I be with eitherMacheath
I'm bubbledPolly Peachum and Lucy Lockit
Cease your FunningPolly Peachum
Why how now, Madam Flirt?Lucy Lockit and Polly Peachum
No Power on Earth can e'er dividePolly Peachum
I like the Fox shall grieveLucy Lockit
ACT 3 Sung By
When Young at the Bar you first taught me to scoreLucy Lockit
My Love is all Madness and FollyLucy Lockit
Thus Gamesters United in Friendship are foundLockit
The Modes of the Court so common are grownMacheath
What Gudgeons are we Men!Lockit
In the Days of my Youth I could bill like a Dove, fa, la, la, &c.Mrs. Trapes
I'm like Skiff on the ocean tostLucy Lockit
When a Wife's in her PoutLucy Lockit
A Curse attends that Woman's LovePolly Peachum and Lucy Lockit
Among the Men, Coquets we findPolly Peachum
Come, sweet LassLucy Lockit
Hither, dear Husband, turn your EyesPolly Peachum and Lucy Lockit
Which way shall I turn me?- How can I decide?Macheath
When my Hero in Court appearsPolly Peachum
When he holds up his Hand arraign'd for his LifeLucy Lockit
Ourselves, Like the Great, to secure a RetreatLockit
The Charge is prepar'd; The Lawyers are metMacheath
O cruel, cruel, cruel CaseMacheath
Of All the Friends in time of GriefMacheath
Since I must Swing, -I scorn, I scorn to wince or whine
But now again my Spirits sink
But Valour the stronger grows
If thus- A Man can die
So I drink off this Bumper.- And now I can stand the Test
But can I leave my pretty Hussies
Their Eyes, their lips, their Busses
Since Laws were made for ev'ry degree
Would I might be hang'd!Lucy Lockit, Polly Peachum, Macheath and Chorus
Thus I stand like the Turk, with his Doxies aroundMacheath and Chorus