Threepenny Opera

Operetta - Revival

Vivian Beaumont Theater

Data not verified
  • First Preview: April 9, 1976
  • Opening Date: May 1, 1976
  • Closing Date: January 23, 1977
  • Previews: 27
  • Performances: 307

Music: Kurt Weill

Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht

Book: Bertolt Brecht


The outlaw Macheath is repeatedly betrayed and sent to prison, only to receive a last-minute reprieve from Queen Victoria, in Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's darkly satirical adaptation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera.


Opening Night Cast

C. K. Alexander Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
Tony Azito Samuel
Penelope Bodry Whore
Roy Brocksmith Ballad Singer
Blair Brown in Threepenny Opera Blair Brown Lucy Brown
Pendleton Brown Ensemble
Nancy Campbell Whore
Rik Colitti Ed
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Opening Night Production Credits

Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht Book
Kurt Weill Kurt Weill Music
Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht Lyrics
  Richard Foreman Director
Douglas W. Schmidt Douglas W. Schmidt Scenic Design
Theoni V. Aldredge Theoni V. Aldredge Costume Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1976 Outstanding Actor in a Musical Raúl Juliá Nominee
1976 Outstanding Actress in a Musical Elizabeth Wilson Nominee
1976 Outstanding Director of a Musical Richard Foreman Nominee
1976 Unique Theatrical Experience   Nominee

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1977 Actor in a Musical Raúl Juliá Nominee
1977 Costume Design (Play or Musical) Theoni V. Aldredge Nominee
1977 Featured Actress in a Musical Ellen Greene Nominee
1977 Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Pat Collins Nominee
1977 Most Innovative Production of a Revival   Nominee
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