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The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

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Pictured above: Max Clayton, Christine Cornish Smith, Hannah Freeman, Josh Daniel, Julian Decker, Greg Kamp, John Battagliese, Adam Zeph, Erik Hernandez, Emily Schexnaydre and members of the company.

The Threepenny Opera

Production Photographs by Mark Lyons

 

 

 

 

THE THREEPENNY OPERA

music by Kurt Weill

text by Bertolt Brecht
and Elisabeth Hauptmann
after John Gay's The Beggar's Opera

English adaptation by
Marc Blitzstein

 

directed by
Robin Guarino

musical direction by
Roger Grodsky

choreography by
Patti James

February 2013
Patricia Corbett Theatre

 

City Beat Critic's Pick

The historic musical theater work The Threepenny Opera is not an unfamiliar title. But I’d wager you’ve never seen it, because the 1928 piece by playwright Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill is better known today for its influence on more contemporary musicals such as Cabaret and Urinetown. That’s too bad, because it’s a powerful, iconic piece in its own right. It’s receiving an authentic, compelling production at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

Brecht and Weill’s show was a hit in Germany until the Nazis, who despised its subversive messages about authoritarian leadership, banned it in 1933. By that time it had been translated into 18 languages and performed thousands of times throughout Europe. This CCM production is an engaging if sordid recreation of the creators’ intentions, a bravura performance that serves as a reminder of how theater can provide sharp social commentary. Bravo to Guarino and her student cast for this memorable production.

 

 

 

 

 

Banner Top: Max Clayton and Emily Schexnaydre

Banner Below: Macheath and Gang