History Theatre / TheThreePennyOpera

20th Feb '17 1:14:39 PM DrNoPuma
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* SinisterTangoMusic: Macheath and Jenny have a "romantic" tango song about their past relationship when he used to pimp her, which is mildly sinister in the traditional but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku8RVgRejMs bowdlerised Blitzstein English translation]]. The German original and later more accurate translations go even further by referring to violent abuse and back-street abortion.
13th Feb '17 2:21:43 AM WillBGood
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Like nearly all Brecht productions, it borrows from earlier plays, namely John Gay's ''The Beggar's Opera'', practically all the characters, the love triangle, the FriendlyEnemy cop is there and even the DeusExMachina ending. Only differences is that Mackie Messer is not the LoveableRogue that the original Macheath is, but a brutal pimp, rapist and child-murderer. The setting-update puts it in context of British Imperialism (via references to Kipling, one of Brecht's favorite writers) and the overall setting is more seedier.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Like nearly all Brecht productions, it borrows from earlier plays, namely John Gay's ''The Beggar's Opera'', practically all the characters, the love triangle, the FriendlyEnemy cop is there and even the DeusExMachina ending. Only differences is that Mackie Messer is not the LoveableRogue that the original Macheath is, but a brutal pimp, rapist and child-murderer. The setting-update puts it in context of British Imperialism (via references to Kipling, one of Brecht's favorite writers) and the overall setting is more much seedier.
30th Jan '17 10:44:02 PM BURGINABC
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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Most adaptions make the mistake of doing the production like a Broadway Musical, make the characters LighterAndSofter, remove the political and social criticial version and clean up all the song lyrics, in other words make it into a remake of the original ''The Beggar's Opera'' rather than the DarkerAndEdgier version it is.

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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Most adaptions make the mistake of doing the production like a Broadway Musical, make the characters LighterAndSofter, remove the political and social criticial version and clean up all the song lyrics, in other words make it into a remake of the original ''The Beggar's Opera'' rather than the DarkerAndEdgier version it is.was originally supposed to be.
30th Jan '17 10:43:22 PM BURGINABC
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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Most adaptions make the mistake of doing the production like a Broadway Musical, make the characters LighterAndSofter, remove the political and social criticial version and clean up all the song lyrics, in other works make it into a remake of the original ''The Beggar's Opera'' rather than the DarkerAndEdgier version it is.

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* {{Bowdlerization}}: Most adaptions make the mistake of doing the production like a Broadway Musical, make the characters LighterAndSofter, remove the political and social criticial version and clean up all the song lyrics, in other works words make it into a remake of the original ''The Beggar's Opera'' rather than the DarkerAndEdgier version it is.
31st Aug '16 10:41:49 AM GGCrono
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The play was intended as a commentary on the evils of capitalism and has been notoriously misinterpreted by audiences worldwide, who consider Macheath the ''good guy''. As a TakeThat, Brecht went on to write the scathingly satirical ''Literature/ThreepennyNovel'' (1934), in which Macheath's popularity [[GodwinsLaw is compared to that of Hitler]] and Polly is madly in love with the idea of a suave, gorgeous Macheath (and sorely disappointed when he turns out to be a old bald bastard).

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The play was intended as a commentary on the evils of capitalism and has been notoriously misinterpreted by audiences worldwide, who consider Macheath the ''good guy''. As a TakeThat, Brecht went on to write the scathingly satirical ''Literature/ThreepennyNovel'' (1934), in which Macheath's popularity [[GodwinsLaw is compared to that of Hitler]] and Polly is madly in love with the idea of a suave, gorgeous Macheath (and sorely disappointed when he turns out to be a an old bald bastard).
15th Jun '16 9:08:04 PM Hodor2
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* LostInTranslation: In the case of two characters, Brecht's naming of characters was based on misunderstandings of Gay's topical references/slang. In the original, one of Macheath's gang was called "Matt of the Mint", in reference to a [[TheCityNarrows sketchy area]] in London that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_of_the_Mint was located near what used to be a royal mint and functioned as a lawless "sanctuary area" for criminals]]. In Brecht's version, only the coinage implication carried through, and the character is called "Matthew Money". Similarly, Jenny Diver in Gay's play was named after an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jenny_Diver actual person who was a notorious pickpocket]] (with a probable bawdy pun with both the real person and fictional character). Brecht understood dive in the sense of "seedy location" and to this end, in some translations Brecht's character is translated as "Low-Dive Jenny".



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28th Dec '15 4:44:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''The Twopenny Opera (It's One Cheaper)'', a ConceptAlbum by TheTigerLillies.

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* ''The Twopenny Opera (It's One Cheaper)'', a ConceptAlbum by TheTigerLillies.Music/TheTigerLillies.
24th Nov '15 11:41:27 PM PaulA
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* ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' by Music/NickCave, starring Andy Serkis (upcoming).

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* ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' ''The Threepenny Opera'' by Music/NickCave, starring Andy Serkis (upcoming).
3rd Jul '15 4:30:33 AM Solle
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* Music/TomWaits covered "What Keeps Mankind Alive?" on his album ''Music/OrphansBrawlersBawlersAndBastards''.
3rd Jul '15 4:29:21 AM Solle
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The only problem in his plan is Jonathan Peachum, who not only hates Macheath, but will do ''anything'' to get his daughter back -- after all, she's valuable goods, and he's invested a lot of time and money in her proper upbringing. Peachum devises a plan to blackmail Tiger Brown and convince him to arrest Macheath. Since the Queen's coronation is due in a few days, Brown has his hands full trying to keep the beggars off the streets. Which Peachum decides to use to his advantage in blackmailing Brown: imagine thousands of beggars, crawling out of the gutters, crowding around the Queen...

Mack tries to flee, but can't shake his Thursday habit at Jenny's brothel and is consequently arrested by a reluctant Brown. And when Lucy Brown shows up, apparently married to Macheath and pretending to be pregnant, Polly starts to realize that the marriage was a huge mistake.

The play is a scathing commentary on the evils of capitalism and has been notoriously misinterpreted by audiences worldwide, who consider Macheath the ''good guy''. As a TakeThat, Brecht went on to write the scathingly satirical ''Literature/ThreepennyNovel'' (1934), in which Macheath's popularity [[GodwinsLaw is compared to that of Hitler]] and Polly is madly in love with the idea of a suave, gorgeous Macheath (and sorely disappointed when he turns out to be a old bald bastard).

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The only problem in his plan is Jonathan Peachum, who not only hates Macheath, but will do ''anything'' to get his daughter back -- after all, she's valuable goods, and he's invested a lot of time and money in her proper upbringing. Peachum devises a plan to blackmail Tiger Brown and convince him to arrest Macheath. Since the Queen's coronation is due in a few days, Brown has his hands full trying to keep the beggars off the streets. Which Peachum decides to use to his advantage in blackmailing Brown: imagine thousands of beggars, crawling out of the gutters, crowding around the Queen... \n\n Mack tries to flee, but can't shake his Thursday habit at Jenny's brothel and is consequently arrested by a reluctant Brown. And when Lucy Brown shows up, apparently married to Macheath and pretending to be pregnant, Polly starts to realize that the marriage was a huge mistake.

The play is was intended as a scathing commentary on the evils of capitalism and has been notoriously misinterpreted by audiences worldwide, who consider Macheath the ''good guy''. As a TakeThat, Brecht went on to write the scathingly satirical ''Literature/ThreepennyNovel'' (1934), in which Macheath's popularity [[GodwinsLaw is compared to that of Hitler]] and Polly is madly in love with the idea of a suave, gorgeous Macheath (and sorely disappointed when he turns out to be a old bald bastard).
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