The Threepenny Opera
Book by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill
Licensed by Rodgers and Hammerstein
Directed by Seth Killen /Stage Designer - Nick Shaw / Lighting Designer - David Wolski
A milestone of 20th century musical theater, The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) rolls on unstoppably into the 21st with absolute relevance in today's world. In their opera "by and for beggars," composer Kurt Weill (1900–1950) and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) created a trailblazing musical spectacle of fierce social and political critique, where the haves clash with the have nots with its haunting jazz score by Kurt Weill, acid harmonies and biting lyrics. This musical saga of the villainous but irresistible Mack the Knife and his marauding band of thieves is a revolutionary musical theatre piece, inspiring such hits as Cabaret and Urinetown, The Musical.
This performance is a joint production of the EIU Music and Theatre Arts Departments. Limited seating will be available for these performances.