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23rd Dec '14 12:58:45 PM Patachou
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A satirical, somewhat minimalist anti-Nazi opera by Creator/BertoltBrecht and Creator/KurtWeill (authors of ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera''). ''Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny'' (''The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'') was first performed in 1930, though a concept version, ''Mahagonny-Songspiel'', had been presented three years earlier.

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A satirical, somewhat minimalist anti-Nazi opera by Creator/BertoltBrecht and Creator/KurtWeill Music/KurtWeill (authors of ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera''). ''Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny'' (''The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'') was first performed in 1930, though a concept version, ''Mahagonny-Songspiel'', had been presented three years earlier.
16th Dec '14 4:12:06 AM Patachou
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Rock fans may now it from the ''Alabama Song'' from Music/TheDoors' album ''[[Music/TheDoorsAlbum The Doors]]'', which is lyrically and melodically directly inspired by the work.

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Rock fans may now know it from the ''Alabama Song'' from Music/TheDoors' album ''[[Music/TheDoorsAlbum The Doors]]'', which is lyrically and melodically directly inspired by the work.
13th Dec '14 9:40:25 AM Patachou
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Rock fans may now it from the ''Alabama Song'' from Music/TheDoors' album ''[[Music/TheDoorsAlbum The Doors]]'', which is lyrically and melodically directly inspired by the work.
2nd Dec '14 12:55:35 AM PaulA
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A satirical, somewhat minimalist anti-Nazi opera by Creator/BertoltBrecht and KurtWeill (authors of ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera''). ''Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny'' (''The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'') was first performed in 1930, though a concept version, ''Mahagonny-Songspiel'', had been presented three years earlier.

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A satirical, somewhat minimalist anti-Nazi opera by Creator/BertoltBrecht and KurtWeill Creator/KurtWeill (authors of ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera''). ''Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny'' (''The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'') was first performed in 1930, though a concept version, ''Mahagonny-Songspiel'', had been presented three years earlier.



''Mahagonny'' is referenced throughout Creator/LarsVonTrier's ''[[{{Dogville}} Manderlay]]''. It's also one of DannyElfman's favourite musical scores. With ''Mahagonny'', Brecht and Weill ended up ''heavily'' influencing StephenSondheim's works, both in style and structure.

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''Mahagonny'' is referenced throughout Creator/LarsVonTrier's ''[[{{Dogville}} ''[[Film/{{Dogville}} Manderlay]]''. It's also one of DannyElfman's Creator/DannyElfman's favourite musical scores. With ''Mahagonny'', Brecht and Weill ended up ''heavily'' influencing StephenSondheim's Creator/StephenSondheim's works, both in style and structure.
23rd Aug '14 12:25:18 PM morane
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* BilingualBonus: The name ''Mahagonny'' means "mahogany", a valuable wood, in English.
24th Mar '14 4:21:22 AM Solle
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[[caption-width-right:241:[[StylisticSuck Oh mooooooon of Alabaaaamaaaaa]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxvxwgQS500 we nooooow must say goodbyyyeeeee...]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:241:[[StylisticSuck Oh mooooooon of Alabaaaamaaaaa]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxvxwgQS500 [[GratuitousEnglish we nooooow must say goodbyyyeeeee...]]]]
30th Nov '12 8:19:00 PM Prfnoff
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The play tells the story of the city of Mahagonny, founded by Leocadia Begbick, Fatty the Bookkeeper and Trinity Moses, bandits running away from the law. Because gold is "easier to take from men than from rivers", Mahagonny is a place where men coming from working in the gold mines can have peace and pleasure. The first act deals with the arrival of the prostitutes (including Jenny from Oklahoma), and Jimmy Mahoney (Paul in the first drafts, Jimmy [=McIntyre=] in the Los Angeles Opera's latest performance) and his friends: men seeking the heart of a heartless world. In the second act, ItGetsWorse, and the characters end up having to deal with the consequences of their decadence.

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The play tells the story of the city of Mahagonny, founded by Leocadia Begbick, Fatty the Bookkeeper and Trinity Moses, bandits running away from the law. Because gold is "easier to take from men than from rivers", Mahagonny is a place where men coming from working in the gold mines can have peace and pleasure. The first act deals with the arrival of the prostitutes (including Jenny from Oklahoma), and Jimmy Mahoney (Paul in the first drafts, Jimmy [=McIntyre=] in the Los Angeles Opera's latest performance) and his friends: men seeking the heart of a heartless world. In the second act, ItGetsWorse, and the characters end up having to deal with the consequences of their decadence.
decadence.



* DeusExMachina: Attempted in ''The God of Mahagonny'', ItGetsWorse.
9th Nov '12 10:38:02 PM Durvin
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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It is implied to be set in the U.S., but it's anything but clear which part of the country Mahagonny is located. Brecht has stated that this was on purpose, to make the story universal.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: It is implied to be set in the U.S., but it's anything but clear which part of the country Mahagonny is located.located--it's apparently in a good place to catch ships coming south from Alaska, and also fairly close to Pensacola. Brecht has stated that this was on purpose, to make the story universal.
26th Oct '12 2:34:10 PM nombretomado
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''Mahagonny'' is referenced throughout LarsVonTrier's ''[[{{Dogville}} Manderlay]]''. It's also one of DannyElfman's favourite musical scores. With ''Mahagonny'', Brecht and Weill ended up ''heavily'' influencing StephenSondheim's works, both in style and structure.

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''Mahagonny'' is referenced throughout LarsVonTrier's Creator/LarsVonTrier's ''[[{{Dogville}} Manderlay]]''. It's also one of DannyElfman's favourite musical scores. With ''Mahagonny'', Brecht and Weill ended up ''heavily'' influencing StephenSondheim's works, both in style and structure.
17th May '12 8:22:19 PM nombretomado
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A satirical, somewhat minimalist anti-Nazi opera by BertoltBrecht and KurtWeill (authors of ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera''). ''Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny'' (''The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'') was first performed in 1930, though a concept version, ''Mahagonny-Songspiel'', had been presented three years earlier.

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A satirical, somewhat minimalist anti-Nazi opera by BertoltBrecht Creator/BertoltBrecht and KurtWeill (authors of ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera''). ''Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny'' (''The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'') was first performed in 1930, though a concept version, ''Mahagonny-Songspiel'', had been presented three years earlier.



''Mahagonny'' is full of StylisticSuck, has barely any plot or characterisation to speak of, and draws out the traditional slow parts of opera as agonizingly slowly as possible - on purpose, of course. The main figures are intentionally derivative of BertoltBrecht's earlier characters, and the sets are made out of cardboard. The lyrics are stilted, the love scenes are trashy, the conflicts have no resolution, and the ending is pointless. In short: by riling up his audience so much that they left the theatre unsatisfied with ''everything'', Brecht hoped to get them equally angry at the rise of Nazism around them, for which the plot was a rather obvious analogy. But failing that, [[DistractedByTheSexy the play also has a whole lot of scantily clad girls]].

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''Mahagonny'' is full of StylisticSuck, has barely any plot or characterisation to speak of, and draws out the traditional slow parts of opera as agonizingly slowly as possible - on purpose, of course. The main figures are intentionally derivative of BertoltBrecht's Creator/BertoltBrecht's earlier characters, and the sets are made out of cardboard. The lyrics are stilted, the love scenes are trashy, the conflicts have no resolution, and the ending is pointless. In short: by riling up his audience so much that they left the theatre unsatisfied with ''everything'', Brecht hoped to get them equally angry at the rise of Nazism around them, for which the plot was a rather obvious analogy. But failing that, [[DistractedByTheSexy the play also has a whole lot of scantily clad girls]].
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