Thursday, June 22, 2006

Macheath spends like a sailor

The Threepenny Opera serves up a deliciously dark satire of “respectable” society, with dashing thieves, saucy prostitutes, and lingering melodies. Based on Elizabeth Hauptmann’s German translation of John Gay’s eighteenth-century The Beggar’s Opera, The Threepenny Opera thrusts the audience into the seedy underworld of Mack the Knife, a dapper criminal and his wry love affair with Polly Peachum.

Alan Cumming (Macheath) returns to Roundabout where he won a Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Theater World, New York Press, FANY and New York Public Advocate’s Awards as the Emcee in Cabaret and also starred in Noel Coward's Design For Living. In London, he has been seen in Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse (TMA Best Actor award and Shakespeare Globe nomination), Cabaret (Olivier nomination), La Bete (Olivier nomination), Conquest of the South Pole (Olivier nomination) and seasons with the RSC and RNT, where he won an Olivier Award for his performance in Accidental Death of an Anarchist (which he also co-adapted). Recent films include X2: X-Men United, Spy Kids 3, Nicholas Nickleby, Josie and the Pussycats, Company Man, Titus, Urbania, Eyes Wide Shut, Emma, Circle of Friends, Goldeneye and Buddy.

Jim Dale (Mr. Peachum). To millions of children Jim is the voice of Harry Potter. So far he has recorded all six books in the series. For his audio work, he has won a record six “Audie Awards” In 2004 Queen Elizabeth II awarded Jim the MBE* for his work in promoting children’s literature. *Member of the Order of the British Empire. Jim has been in show business for over fifty years. At the age of seventeen, he became the youngest professional comedian in the British Music Halls. At the request of Laurence Olivier he joined the British National Theatre in 1969. His work as an actor on and off Broadway include, Scapino, Joe Egg (Roundabout), Privates On Parade (Roundabout), Candide, Me and My Girl, Barnum, Travels With My Aunt, The Music Man, Comedians, A Christmas Carol – The Musical and Address Unknown. In the category of Best Actor he has won a Tony Award, four Tony nominations, four Drama Desk Awards, three New York Critics Awards and the Lucille Lortel Award. In 1967 he received an Academy Award nomination for writing the theme song for the film Georgy Girl.

Ana Gasteyer (Mrs. Peachum) is best known for her incomparable work on “Saturday Night Live.” Ana can currently be seen on stage in the leading role as Elphaba in the Chicago production of the critically-acclaimed musical Wicked. Following her run in Eve Ensler's acclaimed Off-Broadway hit The Vagina Monologues, and her Broadway debut as “Columbia” in The Rocky Horror Show, she continued her work on the New York stage starring in Manhattan Theatre Club's hit production of Kimberly Akimbo by celebrated playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl in a sold-out run at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. On stage most recently, she starred in the NYC Opera's production of Cinderella and Off-Broadway opposite Anna Paquin in Roulette by Paul Weitz. On film, Ana has been seen in the recent blockbuster Mean Girls, What Women Want with Mel Gibson, Woman on Top, Dick, and What's The Worst That Could Happen? opposite John Leguizamo and Martin Lawrence.

Cyndi Lauper (Jenny). The vibrant talent of Cyndi Lauper has graced our world for 25 years. Beginning in 1980 Cyndi and her band at the time, Blue Angel released a self-titled album but in 1983 as many artists do, Cyndi decided to depart the group and take on the world as a solo artist. It was in 1984 with the release of her debut album, She's So Unusual that Cyndi scored massive success - 9 million copies sold worldwide - and quite literally became an overnight success. She's So Unusual was the first debut album and the first debut album by a solo artist to garner four top five singles, "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," "All Through The Night," "She Bop," and "Time After Time." She's So Unusual earned Cyndi a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. And this was just the beginning... In addition to proving herself as a Grammy-winning artist, Cyndi Lauper has spent much of the past twenty-five years as a devoted advocate and philanthropist for such organizations as AMFAR, Aids Research, Planned Parenthood, Women's Rights as well as for Gay communities all over the world. She has been twice nominated for the Emmy Award - has won once - and has established herself as one of America's most loved fashion icons.

Nellie McKay (Polly) began recording her critically acclaimed debut album, a double-disc set entitled Get Away From Me in February 2004. Nellie’s stage credits include Lily in George F. Walker’s The End of Civilization, Louison in Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, and the Cuckoo Clock in Pinocchio. In late 2003, she opened for Cyndi Lauper in a series of concert performances and, 2004, performed around the country and overseas. She opened for Sting in Switzerland, France, Spain and Germany and opened for the Barenaked Ladies and Alanis Morissette on that tour's northeast and west coast dates. Among her 2004 U.S. concert dates, Nellie opened for Lou Reed at Carnegie Hall. Nellie has also participated in benefits for groups ranging from Planned Parenthood to Fair Fund to the ACLU and most recently a benefit for Tibet House at Carnegie Hall. Nellie is currently recording her second studio album - in addition to working on television, theater and film projects and performing live at Lincoln Center as part of the Great American Songbook Series.

The Threepenny Opera cast also features Christopher Innvar (Les Miserables, Victor/Victoria) as Tiger Brown, Carlos Leon (Aunt Dan and Lemon, Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie) as Filtch, and Brian Charles Rooney (The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde, Pure Heaven: The Music of Kay Thompson) as Lucy.

a new revival of a classic play with drag queens and gender bending...cyndi lauper, alan cummings, jime dale, nellie mckay- the first act is a little slow the second act is BRAVO
orchestra right tickets for 25.00
never seen it...
had to take advantage of a matinee while i can ....
do something you would have love to do while home... matinee...
so i did it