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Threepenny Opera   

Empire Theatre, (4/13/1933 - 4/22/1933)
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Opening Date: Apr 13, 1933    
Closing Date: Apr 22, 1933 Total Performances: 12

Category: Musical, Operetta, Original, Broadway


Production Staff
Produced by John Krimsky and Gifford Cochran
Original German libretto by Bertolt Brecht; Adapted into English by Gifford Cochran and Jerrold Krimsky; Based on the German "Die Dreigroschenoper" by Elisabeth Hauptmann and Bertolt Brecht; Based on the "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay; Music by Kurt Weill; Musical Director: Macklin Marrow; Music orchestrated by Kurt Weill
Staged by Francesco Von Mendelssohn
Scenic Design by Cleon Throckmorton; Settings based on designs by Caspar Neher
Cast
Gus Alexander
Beggar
Corine Anderson
Beggar
Lillian Ardell
Beggar
Harry Bellaver
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Richard Bengali
Beggar
Evelyn Beresford
Mrs. Peachum
Anthony Blair
Matt of the Mint
Macheath's gang
Arthur Brady
First Constable
Lotta Burnell
Madame
Jack Carstairs
Beggar
Robert Chisholm
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
John Connolly
Reverend Kimball
Jean De Koven
Molly
a whore
Marjorie Dille
Jenny
a whore
H.L. Donsu
Wing
Steffi Duna
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Rex Evans
Sheriff Brown
Louis Halperin
Beggar
Gerald Hamer
Smith
a police constable
James Clarence Harvey
Constable
Mary Heberden
Vixen
George Heller
Ballad Singer
Sawtooth Bob
Macheath's gang
Harry Hornick
Beggar / Bystander
Josephine Huston
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Harold Imber
Beggar
Francis Kennelly
Jimmy
Macheath's gang
Hilda Kosta
Suky Tawdry
Larry Larkin
Constable
Ellen Love
Beggar
Geraldine Lunby
Beggar
Burgess Meredith
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Tom Morgan
Beggar
Thomas Murphy
Beggar
Lillian Okun
Betty
a whore
Eugene Reed
Trull
Herbert Rudley
Charles Filch
a beggar
Ruth Thomas
Dolly
a whore
Clyde Turner
Constable
Morton Ulman
Beggar
Rex Weber
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
head of a gang of beggars
Barbara Winchester
Beggar
music by Kurt Weill; lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
ACT 1 Sung By
The Legend of Mackie Messer Ballad Singer
Wedding Song The Gang
Pirate Jenny Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
Soldiers' Song Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks) and Sheriff Brown
Love Duet Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
First Finale Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars), Mrs. Peachum and Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
ACT 2 Sung By
Farewell Song Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Tango-Ballad Jenny (a whore) and Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Lucy Song Lucy Brown (Brown's daughter)
Ballad of the Easy Life Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Jealousy Duet Lucy Brown (Brown's daughter) and Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum)
Second Finale Jenny (a whore), Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks) and Chorus
ACT 3 Sung By
Song of the Aimlessness of Life Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars)
Cry from the Dungeon Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Testament Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks)
Third Finale Sheriff Brown, Macheath (Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks), Polly Peachum (daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum), Jenny (a whore), Lucy Brown (Brown's daughter), Mrs. Peachum, Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum (head of a gang of beggars) and Chorus