MusicalDramaRevivalOff-Broadway
Opening Date
Sep 20, 1955
Closing Date
Dec 17, 1961
MusicalDramaRevivalOff-Broadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Theatre de Lys
(Sep 20, 1955 - Dec 17, 1961)

This production is a return engagement of Threepenny Opera (Mar 10, 1954 - May 30, 1954)

Setting
19th-century London. Peachum's Beggar's Outfit Shop, a brothel in Wapping, Newgate Prison, a street, an empty stable.

Comments
Closed after 2611 performances

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
Streetsinger
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Mrs. Peachum
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
head of a gang of beggars
Jenny
a whore
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Tiger Brown
Chief of London Police
Readymoney Matt
Macheath's gang
Betty
a whore
Charles Filch
a beggar
Sep 30, 1955 - Sep 1961
 
Messenger
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Molly
a whore
Coaxer
a whore
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Sawtooth Bob
Macheath's gang
Dolly
a whore
Second Constable
Reverend Kimball
Smith
a police constable
First Constable

Theatre de Lys (Sep 20, 1955 - Dec 17, 1961)

Musical Director: Kelly Wyatt
Conducted by Kelly Wyatt; Pianist: Kelly Wyatt; Tenor Saxophone: Ray Shiner; Trombone: Bernie Schneider; Banjo: John Vicari

Cast

Tiger Brown
Chief of London Police
1956 - ?
Mrs. Peachum
1956 - ?
Jenny
a whore
Apr 17, 1956 - ?
Jenny
a whore
Jun 12, 1956 - ?
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
1956 - ?
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
1956 - ?
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
head of a gang of beggars
1956 - ?
Second Constable
1956 - ?
Smith
a police constable
1956 - ?
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
head of a gang of beggars
Dolly
a whore
1956 - ?
Sawtooth Bob
Macheath's gang
1956 - ?
Second Constable
1956 - ?
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
1956 - ?
Smith
a police constable
Dolly
a whore
First Constable
1956 - ?
Betty
a whore
1956 - ?
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
1956 - ?
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

Tony Award®

 

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1956 Nominee
Scott Merrill

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

1956 Winner
Lotte Lenya

Special Award

1956 Recipient
Produced by Carmen Capalbo and Stanley Chase
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