The Beggar's Opera

Opera - Revival

Billy Rose Theatre

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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: December 23, 1973
  • Closing Date: January 11, 1974
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 6

Playwright: John Gay, Frederick Austin

Lyrics: John Gay

Book: John Gay

Music: John Gay

Libretto: John Gay


The outlaw Macheath is repeatedly betrayed and sent to prison, only to avoid hanging in a satirically happy ending, in John Gay's 1728 opera, which served as the inspiration for Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's The Threepenny Opera.


Opening Night Cast

Nita Angeletti Mrs. Trapes
Gisela Caldwell Suky Tawdry
Leah Chandler Dolly Trull
Joel Colodner Harry Paddington
Peter Dvorsky Jemmy Twitcher
Benjamin Hendrickson Beggar
Cynthia Herman Polly Peachum
Kevin Kline in The Beggar's Opera Kevin Kline Macheath
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Opening Night Production Credits

  John Gay Book
  John Gay Music
  John Gay Lyrics
  Gene Lesser Director
  Robert Yodice Scenic Design
Carrie F. Robbins Carrie F. Robbins Costume Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1972 Most Promising Costume Design Carrie F. Robbins Winner
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