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1954 Off-Broadway Revival Cast ~ Threepenny Opera [Remastered] (new)

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Lyrics written by Bertold Brecht. Music written by Kurt Weill. Principal cast includes: Lotte Lenya (Jenny); Bea Arthur (Lucy Brown); Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Peachum); Jo Sullivan (Polly Peachum); Scott Merrill (Macheath "Mack The Knife"); Martin Wolfson (Mr. J.J. Peachum); Gerald Price (The Streetsinger); George Tyne (Tiger Brown).Recorded in New York, New York in April 1954. Originally released on M-G-M (E/SE 3221). Includes liner notes by David Farneth. All tracks have been digitally remastered. Personnel: Chuck Smith, Gerrianne Raphael, Paul Dooley, Martin Wolfson, Jo Sullivan, John Astin, Lotte Lenya, Bea Arthur, Gerald H. Price, Charlotte Rae (vocals); Ralph Colicchio (guitar, banjo); Charles Russo (clarinet); Samuel Matlowsky, Marc Blitzstein (piano).Liner Note Author: Stanley Green. Recording information: Theater De Lys, New York, NY (03/10/1954); Theatre de Lys, Greenwich Village, NY (03/10/1954).Author: Marc Blitzstein. Photographer: Gene Cook. Translator: Marc Blitzstein. Die Dreigroschenoper, Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's radical reinterpretation of John Gay's 18th century operetta The Beggar's Opera, was a sensation in Europe after its German premiere in 1928. But the show, with its decadent portrait of the underworld, was less appealing to Americans when it appeared as The Threepenny Opera on Broadway in 1933 and became a quick flop. It took another 21 years and a new English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein for The Threepenny Opera to succeed in New York. Playing at a small Greenwich Village theater, the new version ran 2,611 performances (longer than any Broadway musical up to that time), meanwhile establishing off-Broadway as a legitimate extension of the theater. The cast album, the first such recording ever made of an off-Broadway show, suggests what it was that packed them in downtown. The music is played by an eight-piece band - keyboards, two clarinets, two trumpets, trombone, percussion, and banjo or guitar - making for spare arrangements that support the heavily literate songs in which Brecht commen
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