By Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht
Stage Direction by Michael R.J.Campbell
Musical Direction by Janis Wilson
Choreography by Serena Flores
This important precursor to what we now know as the American Musical chronicles the crimes of the notorious bandit and womanizer Macheath, or "Mack the Knife," who marries the innocent and virginal Polly Peachum. This displeases her “High-Society” father, who endeavors to have Macheath hanged! Madness and Mayhem ensue in this wonderful and oft-overlooked black musical satire, which pokes irreverent fun at all things reverent, and employs unrestrained parody of everything from politics to prostitution! It is the perfect musical theatre compliment to an election year!
MA: This production contains adult themes and suggested sexual content. It may not be appropriate for young audiences.
Teeming with delightfully seedy characters in a dark underworld, imaginative staging and a truly unique musical score, the Brecht classic “Threepenny Opera” at 6th Street is a rare treat for local theatregoers who long for something different. There is some fine vocal talent on display here, and Jerry Lee infuses his character “Mack the Knife” with sinister charisma. True, this “Opera” may not be for everyone, but it’s well-conceived and directed by Michael Campbell, who combines inspiration and creativity with the precision of a slightly deranged German clockwork.