History Theatre / TheThreepennyOpera

7th Apr '18 7:42:48 AM radioactivedinosaur42
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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, Be a Arthur (as Lucy), 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.

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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, Be a Bea Arthur (as Lucy), 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.
29th Mar '18 4:17:34 AM jormis29
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* AnachronismStew: The story nominally takes place in 1904. While the "Cannon Song" and its discussion of colonial warfare would seem to place the story in the mid to late 1800s, the coronation the play is centered around is that of Queen Victoria, thus implying an earlier date. Not to mention that the play its adapted from was written and set in the 1700s. Oh, and Macheath tends to dress as a RoaringTwenties gangster. The Donmar Warehouse production with Tom Hollander had something of a SettingUpdate with references to onion bhajis and Marks and Spencers in the lyrics.

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* AnachronismStew: The story nominally takes place in 1904. While the "Cannon Song" and its discussion of colonial warfare would seem to place the story in the mid to late 1800s, the coronation the play is centered around is that of Queen Victoria, thus implying an earlier date. Not to mention that the play its adapted from was written and set in the 1700s. Oh, and Macheath tends to dress as a RoaringTwenties gangster. The Donmar Warehouse production with Tom Hollander Creator/TomHollander had something of a SettingUpdate with references to onion bhajis and Marks and Spencers in the lyrics.
15th Jan '18 3:36:21 AM lalaTKG
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* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: "The Cannon Song" evokes this. John, Jim and George are three friends who sign up for the CallToAdventure. They end up committing atrocities against people in colonial outposts and eventually end up as ShellShockedVeteran, disgraced for being deserters or in the case of George, shot for looting:

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* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: "The Cannon Song" evokes this. John, Jim and George are three friends who sign up for the CallToAdventure. They end up committing atrocities against people in colonial outposts and eventually end up as ShellShockedVeteran, {{Shell Shocked Veteran}}s, disgraced for being deserters or in the case of George, shot for looting:



* KnifeNut: Macheath
* 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 Cannon Song.

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* KnifeNut: Macheath
Macheath.
* 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 "The Cannon Song.Song".



* MoodWhiplash: Brecht's alienation-effect was all about creating this effect. The lyrics and the style of music tend to be so-off. Ballad of Mack the Knife is sung by a jolly street-singer who is totally nonchalant about Macheath's crimes. The most shocking is "The Ballad of Immoral Earnings" a jaunty romantic [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal song sung in a swooning style]] that talks about the whorehouse that featured DomesticAbuse and a disgusting back-alley abortion described in visceral detail.

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* MoodWhiplash: Brecht's alienation-effect was all about creating this effect. The lyrics and the style of music tend to be so-off. "The Ballad of Mack the Knife Knife" is sung by a jolly street-singer who is totally nonchalant about Macheath's crimes. The most shocking is "The Ballad of Immoral Earnings" a jaunty romantic [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal song sung in a swooning style]] that talks about the whorehouse that featured DomesticAbuse and a disgusting back-alley abortion described in visceral detail.



* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Not within the play, but in a novel adaptation, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Threepenny Novel]], Macheath is identified with UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. As a ShoutOut, Macheath also appears in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', and is presented either as a JackTheRipoff, or maybe the ''actual'' Jack the Ripper.

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* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: Not within the play, but in a novel adaptation, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Threepenny Novel]], Novel]]'', Macheath is identified with UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper. As a ShoutOut, Macheath also appears in ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', and is presented either as a JackTheRipoff, or maybe the ''actual'' Jack the Ripper.



* WeirdTradeUnion: Peachum's guild of beggars

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* WeirdTradeUnion: Peachum's guild of beggarsbeggars.
15th Jan '18 3:29:35 AM lalaTKG
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* HoYay: Mack and Brown. Brecht has admitted that it's on purpose: Brown's love for Macheath is what keeps him going, but it's damaging to his job as a keeper of the peace. [[invoked]]

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* HoYay: HomoeroticSubtext: Mack and Brown. Brecht has admitted that it's on purpose: Brown's love for Macheath is what keeps him going, but it's damaging to his job as a keeper of the peace. [[invoked]]
6th Oct '17 8:07:20 PM ProfessorGrimm
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--> '''Macheath''':''[[IgnoredEpiphany But young men's blood goes on being red]]''\\

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--> '''Macheath''':''[[IgnoredEpiphany '''Macheath''':'' [[IgnoredEpiphany But young men's blood goes on being red]]''\\
6th Oct '17 3:42:49 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* ''Mack the Knife'' (1989) an English film adaption. Not commercially or critically successful, but notable for its cast: Creator/RaulJulia as Mack, Richard Harris as Peachum, Julie Walters as Mrs. Peachum, Bill Nighy as Tiger Brown, and [[Music/TheWho Roger Daltrey]] as the Street Singer

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* ''Mack the Knife'' (1989) an English language film adaption. Not commercially or critically successful, but notable for its cast: Creator/RaulJulia as Mack, Richard Harris as Peachum, Julie Walters as Mrs. Peachum, Bill Nighy as Tiger Brown, and [[Music/TheWho Roger Daltrey]] Music/RogerDaltrey as the Street Singer
6th Oct '17 3:40:56 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* The 1976 production done by the Public Theatre, later transferring to Broadway. Notable for ''not'' bowdlerizing the lyrics or the story. It starred Creator/RaulJulia as Mack.

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* The 1976 production done by the Public Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, later transferring to Broadway. Notable for ''not'' bowdlerizing the lyrics or the story. It starred Creator/RaulJulia as Mack.Mack, who got a Tony nomination.



* ''Mack the Knife'' (1989) an English film adaption. Not commercially successful, but notable for its cast: Creator/RaulJulia as Mack, Richard Harris as Peachum, Julie Walters as Mrs. Peach, Bill Nighy as Tiger Brown, and Roger Daltrey as the Street Singer

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* ''Mack the Knife'' (1989) an English film adaption. Not commercially or critically successful, but notable for its cast: Creator/RaulJulia as Mack, Richard Harris as Peachum, Julie Walters as Mrs. Peach, Peachum, Bill Nighy as Tiger Brown, and [[Music/TheWho Roger Daltrey Daltrey]] as the Street Singer
5th Oct '17 8:53:10 PM ProfessorGrimm
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-> ''You're about to hear an opera for beggars. And because this opera was created so glamorously, the way only beggars can dream something up, and because it should still be so cheap that only beggars would pay for it, it's called '''The Threepenny Opera'''.''

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-> ''You're ''"You're about to hear an opera for beggars. And because this opera was created so glamorously, the way only beggars can dream something up, and because it should still be so cheap that only beggars would pay for it, it's called '''The Threepenny Opera'''.Opera'''".''
5th Oct '17 8:52:45 PM ProfessorGrimm
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-> ''You're about to hear an opera for beggars. And because this opera was created so glamorously, the way only beggars can dream something up, and because it should still be so cheap that only beggars would pay for it, it's called ''The Threepenny Opera''.''

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-> ''You're about to hear an opera for beggars. And because this opera was created so glamorously, the way only beggars can dream something up, and because it should still be so cheap that only beggars would pay for it, it's called ''The '''The Threepenny Opera''.Opera'''.''
5th Oct '17 8:52:30 PM ProfessorGrimm
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-- The Street Singer

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-> -- The Street Singer
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