Williamstown Theatre Festival – Main Stage
June 25, 2003-July 6, 2003
Adapted by MARC BLITZSTEIN
Directed by PETER HUNT
Music by KURT WEILL
Book & Lyrics by BERTOLT BRECHT
Cast Included: Betty Buckley, Melissa Errico as Polly Peachum, Randy Graff, Jesse L. Martin, Karen Ziemba and Jack Noseworthy
Set in the underbelly of London, ruled by criminals and corrupt police, populated by beggars, and entertained by prostitutes, The Threepenny Opera tells the story of the sly and debonair Macheath, his den of thieves, and his many women. Considered revolutionary in its 1928 premiere, Brecht and Weill’s master work set the standard for a new kind of theatre with its innovative blend of operatic presentation and bawdy German cabaret. In the grand Williamstown Theatre Festival tradition, the show’s groundbreaking and memorable jazz score was brought to life by a cast and orchestra of more than sixty, directed by Peter Hunt with musical direction by James Sampliner.