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March 30, 2014

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I had seen the 1956 version with, Lotte Lenya as Jenny in of The Threepenny Opera, which played Off-Broadway at the Theater de Lys in Greenwich Village and the adaption in London some years ago. This production was really the equal to those two and brought back many fond memories. This is really one of the great theatrical/operatic pieces of the 20th century and needs to be witnessed by all. I was especially amused by the use of the bulldog as the Queen in the coronation scene

Oh yes, the bulldog. I had mixed feelings about the use of the bulldog -- he was slobby and a homely dog, he was supposed to be in the sense that from the pov of the show he represented the British Empire, but it was basically making fun of the dog and -- even tho' of course the dog wouldn't realize it -- I didn't like that.

I hope to see this production as the cast looks great (on paper, anyway...). I also need to erase memories of the misguided Roundabout production from a few years back (at Studio 54), with Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Ana Gasteyer, and Nellie McKay (although Nellie was quite good in her role). Cyndi Lauper was in it too but for the life of me I can't really remember anything about her or her performance. Glad you enjoyed the show!

I would be really and especially interested, if you see this production, for your thoughts about it and would love it if you'd write them in. I didn't so much disagree with the points Charles Isherwood made in the NY Times today but totally with his emphasis: the music, the songs, and the story come through with great impact.

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