Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s THE THREEPENNY OPERA,
at the Southern Theater April 11-May 4, 2014.
Performances are Thur-Sat at 8 PM, and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/449663.
Frank is celebrating its 25th birthday with the Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht masterpiece, THE THREEPENNY OPERA! Please join us April 11-May 4, 2014, at the Southern Theater. Featuring musical notables Bradley Greenwald (Macheath), Janis Hardy (Mrs. Peachum), Gary Briggle (Mr. Peachum), Vern Sutton (Street Singer), Molly Sue McDonald (Jenny Diver), Suzie Juul (Polly Peachum) and others, the show will be directed by Frank Artistic Director Wendy Knox with musical direction by Sonja Thompson, choreography by Wynn Fricke, set design by Joseph Stanley, lighting by Karin Olson and costumes by Kathy Kohl, stage managed by Spencer Putney.
Written in 1928 as “an opera for beggars,” THE THREEPENNY OPERA changed the course of opera and musical theatre. Based on THE BEGGAR’S OPERA, written by John Gay in 1728, THREEPENNY dispensed with the traditional operatic form in favor of cabaret and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands as reflected in Weill’s jazz-based score, and added a sharp political perspective and Brecht’s biting text to create a work that became one of the most influential works of the century. The opening number, “Mack The Knife,” has become one of the most recorded songs of all time.
Set in the Victorian underworld of London just as the Queen’s coronation is about to take place, THREEPENNY is populated with cynical prostitutes, petty thieves, con men and corrupt officials, and revolves around the notorious criminal “Macheath,” known as “Mack the Knife.” Macheath has married Polly Peachum, much to the ire of her father, Jonathan Peachum, who runs a shop renting costumes for panhandlers. When Peachum threatens to have Macheath arrested, Polly reveals that Macheath and Chief of Police Tiger Brown served in the army together and they are cronies. Mrs. Peachum bribes a former lover of Macheath’s to turn Macheath in and he ends up in jail. He manages to escape and Brown is forced to arrest him again. The ending of the play, in a brilliant parody of an operatic deus ex machina, has the Queen pardon Macheath in a delightfully grandiose finale.
Frank first presented THREEPENNY in 1999. The production was highly acclaimed, recognized as Best Stage Production, Best Actor and Top Ten of 1999 in City Pages, and in the Top Ten by the Pioneer Press. Frank has continued to produce many works by Brecht and the company deemed a staging of THREEPENNY as an appropriate way to mark the theatre’s 25th anniversary.
The Southern is located at 1420 S. Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454. Performances are Thur-Sat at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased HERE. Information at (612) 724-3760.