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
This was an Off-Broadway production. Due to its unique distinction as the only Off-Broadway production eligible for Tony Awards, it is included on IBDB. 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
English adaptation of book and lyrics by Marc Blitzstein; Music by Kurt Weill; Original text by Bertolt Brecht; Original orchestration by Kurt Weill; Musical Director: Samuel Matlovsky
Production Staged 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
Mr. J.J. Peachum
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
Sep 30, 1955 - Sep 1961
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Molly
a whore
Smith
a police constable
Coaxer
a whore
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Dolly
a whore
Second Constable
Reverend Kimball
First Constable
Understudy: Marion Selee (Mrs. Peachum)

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

Musical Director: Kelly Wyatt and Mordechai Sheinkman
General Manager: Samuel Funt
Stage Manager: Len Ross
Conducted by Kelly Wyatt and Mordechai Sheinkman; Trumpet: Bruce Revesz and Felice Marino; Tenor Saxophone: Ray Shiner, Thomas Mace and Daniel Trimboli; Trombone: Bernie Schneider, Gil Cohen, James Biddlecome and Lawrence Tode; Banjo and Guitar: Don Romeo and John Cucci; Tympany and Percussion: Gilbert Brienes and Howard Hirsch; Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet: Richard Hafer; Alto Saxophone: Herbert Tishman; Alto Saxophone and Clarinet: Victor Cuscuno; Pianist: Kelly Wyatt and Mordechai Sheinkman; Banjo: John Vicari
Press Representative: Samuel J. Friedman; Photographer: Friedman-Abeles

Cast

Mrs. Peachum
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
1956 - ?
 
Mrs. Peachum
Mr. J.J. Peachum
1956 - ?
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Jenny
a whore
Nov 15, 1955 - ?
Mr. J.J. Peachum
Jenny
a whore
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Tiger Brown
Chief of London Police
1956 - ?
Tiger Brown
Chief of London Police
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Mrs. Peachum
1956 - ?
Mr. J.J. Peachum
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Jenny
a whore
Oct 01, 1957 - ?
Jenny
a whore
Nov 13, 1956 - ?
Mrs. Peachum
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Mrs. Peachum
Mr. J.J. Peachum
Mr. J.J. Peachum
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Tiger Brown
Chief of London Police
Mrs. Peachum
Mrs. Peachum
Mrs. Peachum
Mrs. Peachum
Mrs. Peachum
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Jenny
a whore
Apr 17, 1956 - Jun 11, 1956
Streetsinger
 
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Mrs. Peachum
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Mrs. Peachum
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Mr. J.J. Peachum
Streetsinger
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Mrs. Peachum
Jenny
a whore
Jun 12, 1956 - ?
Streetsinger
Macheath
Mack the Knife; head of a gang of crooks
Tiger Brown
Chief of London Police
Streetsinger
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Tiger Brown
Chief of London Police
Polly Peachum
daughter of Jonathan and Mrs. Peachum
1956 - ?
Lucy Brown
Brown's daughter
Smith
a police constable
Readymoney Matt
Macheath's gang
Smith
a police constable
Smith
a police constable
1956 - ?
Betty
a whore
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Betty
a whore
Betty
a whore
Smith
a police constable
Smith
a police constable
Readymoney Matt
Macheath's gang
 
Smith
a police constable
Betty
a whore
Readymoney Matt
Macheath's gang
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
1956 - ?
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Betty
a whore
1956 - ?
Betty
a whore
Crook-Finger Jack
Macheath's gang
Readymoney Matt
Macheath's gang
Dolly
a whore
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Coaxer
a whore
 
Dolly
a whore
Dolly
a whore
First Constable
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Reverend Kimball
Second Constable
1956 - ?
 
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Smith
a police constable
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Second Constable
Reverend Kimball
Reverend Kimball
Reverend Kimball
Dolly
a whore
Second Constable
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Dolly
a whore
1956 - ?
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Second Constable
 
Reverend Kimball
Dolly
a whore
First Constable
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
1956 - ?
 
Readymoney Matt
Macheath's gang
Second Constable
Second Constable
1956 - ?
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
First Constable
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
1956 - ?
First Constable
Dolly
a whore
Coaxer
a whore
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
Dolly
a whore
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
 
Second Constable
Dolly
a whore
First Constable
1956 - ?
Reverend Kimball
Bob the Saw
Macheath's gang
Walt Dreary
Macheath's gang
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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