Threepenny Opera

Operetta - Revival

Theatre de Lys

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  • Opening Date: September 20, 1955
  • Closing Date: December 17, 1961
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  • Performances: 2611

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

Tiger Andrews Streetsinger
Bea Arthur in Threepenny Opera Bea Arthur Lucy Brown
Jane Connell Mrs. Peachum
Frederic Downs Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum
Lotte Lenya Jenny
Scott Merrill Macheath
Jo Sullivan Polly Peachum
Richard Verney Tiger Brown
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Opening Night Production Credits

Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht Book
Kurt Weill Kurt Weill Music
Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht Lyrics
  Carmen Capalbo Director
  William Pitkin Scenic Design
  William Pitkin Costume Supervisor
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1956 Featured Actor in a Musical Scott Merrill Nominee
1956 Featured Actress in a Musical Lotte Lenya Winner
1956 Special Award   Winner
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