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Threepenny Opera   

Theatre de Lys, (9/20/1955 - 12/17/1961)
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Opening Date: Sep 20, 1955    
Closing Date: Dec 17, 1961 Total Performances:

Category: Musical, Drama, Revival, Off-Broadway
Setting: 19th-century London. Peachum's Beggar's Outfit Shop, a brothel in Wapping, Newgate Prison, a street, an empty stable.
This production is a return engagement of Threepenny Opera (3/10/1954 - 5/30/1954)
Comments: Closed after 2611 performances



Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by Lortel, Inc. (Lucille Lortel: President)
Produced by Carmen Capalbo and Stanley Chase; Produced in association with Lucille Lortel
Book by Bertolt Brecht; Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht; Music by Kurt Weill; English adaptation of book and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein; Musical Director: Samuel Matlovsky; Original orchestration by Kurt Weill
Directed by Carmen Capalbo
Scenic Design by William Pitkin; Lighting Design by Peggy Clark; Assistant to Miss Clark: Alan Bandler
General Manager: Zelda Dorfman
Production Stage Manager: Herbert DuFine; Stage Manager: Rome Smith
Conducted by Samuel Matlovsky; Pianist: Samuel Matlovsky; Alto Saxophone: Charles Russo; Tenor Saxophone: Walter Wegner; Trumpet: Harry Jenkins and Robert Levenson; Trombone: Elliot Philips; Banjo: Michael Danzi; Tympany and Percussion: Al Howard and Wallace Deyerle
Costume Supervisor: William Pitkin; National Press Representative: Bill Doll; Press Representative: Bob Ullman, Seymour Krawitz and Martin Shwartz; Poster, Program & Advertising Artist: David Stone Martin; Program and Advertising Designed by Marshall Lee; Photographer: Zachary Freyman
For his help with this production, the producers wish to thank Morris Stonzek; For his invaluable assistance to the production, the producers wish to thank Fred Feller; For his indispensable help and cooperation, the producers acknowledge their gratitude to Louis Schweitzer
Cast
Tige Andrews
Streetsinger
Beatrice Arthur
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Jane Connell
Mrs. Peachum
Frederic Downs
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
head of a gang of beggars
Lotte Lenya
Jenny
a whore
Scott Merrill
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Jo Sullivan
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Richard Verney
Tiger Brown
Chief of London Police
John Astin
Readymoney Matt
Macheath's gang
Joan Coburn
Betty
a whore
William Duell
Charles Filch
a beggar
(Sep 30, 1955 - Sep 1961)
Messenger
Eddie Lawrence
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Marion Selee
Molly
a whore
Bea Barrett
Coaxer
a whore
Joseph Elic
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Bernie Fein
Sawtooth Bob
Macheath's gang
Irene Kane
Dolly
a whore
Steve Palmer
Second Constable
Carroll Saint
Reverend Kimball
Rome Smith
Smith
a police constable
Albert Valentine
First Constable
Tony Award®
1956 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Scott Merrill
winner 1956 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner]
Lotte Lenya
winner 1956 Special Award [recipient]
Carmen Capalbo
winner 1956 Special Award [recipient]
Stanley Chase
music by Kurt Weill; lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
ACT 1 Sung By
Morning Anthem Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
Instead-Of-Song Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum and Mrs. Peachum
The Bide-a-Wee in Soho Polly Peachum
Wedding Song The Gang
Army Song Macheath, Tiger Brown and The Gang
Wedding Song (Reprise) The Gang
Love Song Polly Peachum and Macheath
Ballad of Dependency Mrs. Peachum
The World is Mean Polly Peachum, Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum and Mrs. Peachum
ACT 2 Sung By
Polly's Song Polly Peachum and Macheath
Ballad of Dependency (Reprise) Mrs. Peachum
Pirate Jenny Jenny
Tango-Ballad Jenny and Macheath
Ballad of the Easy Life Macheath
Barbara-Song Lucy Brown
Jealousy Duet Lucy Brown and Polly Peachum
How to Survive Macheath, Mrs. Peachum and Ensemble
ACT 3 Sung By
Useless Song Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum and Beggars
Solomon Song Jenny
Call From the Grave Macheath
Death Message Macheath
The Mounted Messenger Ensemble