History Theatre / TheThreepennyOpera

17th Jun '17 9:29:05 PM jormis29
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* [[https://www.amazon.com/Threepenny-Opera-1954-Blitzstein-Adaptation/dp/B00004X09T The 1956 Off-Broadway production]] directed by Marc Blitzstein, for which Lotte Lenya won a Tony Award for her role as Jenny. This version featured many of the common {{Bowdlerization}} of Brecht's original, but was nonetheless successful commercially and highly influential in its own right. The production featured Edward Asner (as Mr Peachum), Charlotte Rae as Mrs Peachum, Bea Arthur (as Lucy), Jerry Orbach (as PC Smith, the Street Singer and Mack), John Astin (as Readymoney Matt/Matt of the Mint) and Jerry Stiller (as Crookfinger Jake) as members of the cast during its run.

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* [[https://www.amazon.com/Threepenny-Opera-1954-Blitzstein-Adaptation/dp/B00004X09T The 1956 Off-Broadway production]] directed by Marc Blitzstein, for which Lotte Lenya won a Tony Award for her role as Jenny. This version featured many of the common {{Bowdlerization}} of Brecht's original, but was nonetheless successful commercially and highly influential in its own right. The production featured Edward Asner (as Mr Peachum), Charlotte Rae as Mrs Peachum, Bea Arthur (as Lucy), Jerry Orbach Creator/JerryOrbach (as PC Smith, the Street Singer and Mack), John Astin (as Readymoney Matt/Matt of the Mint) and Jerry Stiller (as Crookfinger Jake) as members of the cast during its run.
8th Jun '17 5:03:20 AM WillBGood
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** In the original production, the song known as PirateJenny was to be sung by Polly and intended to be an ImagineSpot about how much she hates her family and dreams of escape. Later productions, and the 1931 Film version, gave it to Lotte Lenya's Jenny. By merely changing the character and singer, and especially Lenya's performance, the song acquired its now familiar meaning of an oppressed woman's fantasy ImagineSpot of revolutionary justice and retribution.

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** In the original production, the song known as PirateJenny Music/PirateJenny was to be sung by Polly and intended to be an ImagineSpot about how much she hates her family and dreams of escape. Later productions, and the 1931 Film version, gave it to Lotte Lenya's Jenny. By merely changing the character and singer, and especially Lenya's performance, the song acquired its now familiar meaning of an oppressed woman's fantasy ImagineSpot of revolutionary justice and retribution.
17th May '17 7:08:10 PM WillBGood
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* The third part of Creator/AlanMoore and Kevin O'Neill's ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' (''Century'') adopts the structure and approach of Brecht and Weill's production and features many in-panel musical numbers and whole plots based on ''What Keeps Mankind Alive, Pirate Jenny, Mack the Knife, The Ballad of Immoral Earnings, Canon Song''.

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* The third part of Creator/AlanMoore and Kevin O'Neill's ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' (''Century'') adopts the structure and approach of Brecht and Weill's production and features many in-panel musical numbers and whole plots based on ''What Keeps Mankind Alive, Pirate Jenny, Mack the Knife, The Ballad of Immoral Earnings, Canon Cannon Song''.



* LighterAndSofter: English translations of the ''Moritat'' tend to erase the verses that describe Mack the Knife's more heinous crimes, like child rape and an arson that killed seven children, and even gloss over the celebration of cannibalism in The Canon Song.

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* LighterAndSofter: English translations of the ''Moritat'' tend to erase the verses that describe Mack the Knife's more heinous crimes, like child rape and an arson that killed seven children, and even gloss over the celebration of cannibalism in The Canon Cannon Song.
13th May '17 3:55:04 PM ProfessorGrimm
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--> '''Tiger Brown''': ''🎶We'll meet a darker race''!🎶''

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--> '''Tiger Brown''': ''🎶We'll meet a darker race''!🎶''race!🎶''
13th May '17 3:54:23 PM ProfessorGrimm
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--> '''Mack:''' ''🎶We'll fight them face to face''!🎶''
--> '''Tiger Brown''' ''🎶Cause it is clear we'll better''!🎶''
--> '''Mack:''' ''🎶We'll kill them it doesn't matter''!🎶''

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--> '''Mack:''' ''🎶We'll fight them face to face''!🎶''
face!🎶''
--> '''Tiger Brown''' ''🎶Cause it is clear we'll better''!🎶''
better!🎶''
--> '''Mack:''' ''🎶We'll kill them it doesn't matter''!🎶''matter!🎶''
13th May '17 3:53:03 PM ProfessorGrimm
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--> '''Tiger Brown''': 🎶''We'll meet a darker race''!🎶
--> '''Mack:''' 🎶''We'll fight them face to face''!🎶
--> '''Tiger Brown''' 🎶''Cause it is clear we'll better''!🎶
--> '''Mack:''' 🎶''We'll kill them it doesn't matter''!🎶
--> '''Mack and Tiger Brown''' 🎶''[[ImAHumanitarian We'll chop them up and make from them a beefsteak tartare]]''!

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--> '''Tiger Brown''': 🎶''We'll ''🎶We'll meet a darker race''!🎶
race''!🎶''
--> '''Mack:''' 🎶''We'll ''🎶We'll fight them face to face''!🎶
face''!🎶''
--> '''Tiger Brown''' 🎶''Cause ''🎶Cause it is clear we'll better''!🎶
better''!🎶''
--> '''Mack:''' 🎶''We'll ''🎶We'll kill them it doesn't matter''!🎶
matter''!🎶''
--> '''Mack and Tiger Brown''' 🎶''[[ImAHumanitarian ''🎶[[ImAHumanitarian We'll chop them up and make from them a beefsteak tartare]]''!tartare]]!🎶''
13th May '17 3:50:09 PM ProfessorGrimm
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--> And when it rained / and we met a new race / a brown one or a pale one / [[ImAHumanitarian maybe we'd use them to make our steak tartare]]!

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--> And when it rained / and we met '''Tiger Brown''': 🎶''We'll meet a new race / a brown one or a pale one / [[ImAHumanitarian maybe we'd use darker race''!🎶
--> '''Mack:''' 🎶''We'll fight
them face to face''!🎶
--> '''Tiger Brown''' 🎶''Cause it is clear we'll better''!🎶
--> '''Mack:''' 🎶''We'll kill them it doesn't matter''!🎶
--> '''Mack and Tiger Brown''' 🎶''[[ImAHumanitarian We'll chop them up and
make our steak tartare]]!from them a beefsteak tartare]]''!
13th May '17 3:37:52 PM ProfessorGrimm
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10th Apr '17 11:54:08 AM JulianLapostat
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* CapitalismIsBad: Mack the Knife is a pimp and gangster who wants to conduct his operation as a business, affects bourgeois (i.e. capitalist) habits such as consumerism, pretenses of high living and more or less treats people around him as products and employees, including his wife Polly who he sees as valuable as an appendage and front to his business. Mackie hasn't so much quit being a pimp so much as upgraded to a higher form of prostitution. Incidentally, Old man Peachum is more or less the same, running the Beggar's Guild with a profit-minded view and judging employees and giving cuts based on evaluations and returns.



* ConspicuousGloves: As detailed in the opening song "Moritat" ([[CoveredUp better known]] as "Mack the Knife"), the gangster Macheath is identifiable by his signature kid gloves. Besides being stylish they help him avoid blood stains.

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* ConspicuousGloves: As detailed in the opening song "Moritat" ([[CoveredUp better known]] as "Mack the Knife"), the gangster Macheath is identifiable by his signature white kid gloves. Besides being stylish they help him avoid blood stains.


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* IconicItem: Mackie Messer's "white kid gloves" which is how Peachum deciphers from his wife that the Captain courting his daughter Polly is him.
2nd Apr '17 12:59:46 AM LordGro
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Brecht's production was intended to be an ironic {{Deconstruction}} of familiar European dramatic conventions and he made several important dramatic innovations, illustrating his concept of "epic theater", namely protagonists the audiences do not easily identify with, action taking place on multiple levels and social and political commentary used for dramatic effect. The music by Kurt Weill has endured in many cover versions recorded in Germany and in English (in a series of translations). The songs frequently covered include "Mack the Knife", "Pirate Jenny", "What Keeps Mankind Alive" which have seen versions by Music/BobbyDarin, Music/FrankSinatra, Music/NinaSimone, Music/NickCave, Music/TomWaits among others.

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Brecht's production was intended to be an ironic {{Deconstruction}} of familiar European dramatic conventions and he made several important dramatic innovations, illustrating his concept of "epic theater", namely protagonists the audiences do not easily identify with, action taking place on multiple levels and social and political commentary used for dramatic effect. The music by Kurt Weill has endured in many cover versions recorded in Germany and in English (in a series of translations). The songs frequently covered include "Mack the Knife", "Pirate Jenny", "Music/PirateJenny", "What Keeps Mankind Alive" which have seen versions by Music/BobbyDarin, Music/FrankSinatra, Music/NinaSimone, Music/NickCave, Music/TomWaits among others.
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