The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is proud to announce an entirely new website devoted exclusively to one of the most famous shows in the history of musical theater, The Threepenny Opera. Two major revivals in 2006--on Broadway (Roundabout Theatre, opening April 20) and in Berlin (Admiralspalast, opening August 11)--provide a perfect opportunity to highlight this legendary musical on the web. Point your browser to www.threepennyopera.org to explore the site.
The site includes galleries of historic posters and famous Macheaths, audio files from interviews with Lotte Lenya and Jerry Orbach, information on major productions, an in-depth look at the music for the show, a calendar of performances, great quotes, two quizzes, a detailed synopsis, and more!
A milestone of 20th century musical theater, The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) rolls on unstoppably into the 21st. In their opera "by and for beggars," composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), along with Elisabeth Hauptmann, transformed saccharine, old-fashioned opera and operetta forms, incorporating a sharp political perspective and the sound of 1920s Berlin dance bands and cabaret. Weill's acid harmonies and Brecht's biting texts created a revolutionary new musical theater that inspired such subsequent hits as Cabaret, Chicago, and Urinetown. The show's opening number, "Mack the Knife," became one of the top popular songs of the century.