Hey Hatches: Is it true that Cyndy is doing Town Hall here in Ptown in a couple of weeks? Any idea?
Hatches, about Sweeney, yes, I loved Patti as Lovett, you're totally right she was very different from Angela Lansbury, but I loved Lansbury's portrayal as well. I guess an interpretation of a role depends on the performer and the director. By the way Sondheim saw Christopher Bond's straight production (no music) in London and got involved with the show that way. Broadway will never be the same again. I also hear that Patti's doing Rose in Gypsy at the Ravinia Festival, I think that is in Chicago. I say it's about time she did Rose!
Hey! Just wanted to mention that I played Mac the Knife (or Macheath in the original "Beggar's Opera") back in college. Not that it's a big deal. Just thought some of you might be interested. Heh-heh.
He must be Bonnie-- that was in 1728!

But what is the music like? I have never seen it, and it was a parody of Italian Opera, among other things.
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Heh-heh. I suppose the answer would be yes on both accounts, Miss Bonnie.
Anyway, Hatches . . . the score of the "Beggar's Opera" was kinda . . . well, cheesy. But on purpose, mind you because as you've already stated, it was indeed a parody. For example, the opening number begins with our beggar shmoozing the playwrite and producer, belowing, "I have written a play, a magnificent play. It's a lovely display of rot and decay!" Or something to that effect. Act II, if my memory serves me correctly, concluded with a whimsical (yet raucous) little round sung among Macheath, Polly, and Lucy. The music, much like the story itself, was supposed to be campy and humorous, naughty and crude, and anything but refined. I have a recording back home in Pittsburgh of our cast's rendition of the score . . . somewhere that is. If I can find it, you're more than welcome to it.
I would love a copy at your leisure! I have also heard that Vaclav Havel did a "re-translated" version with no music. I wonder what that was like!
I will definately make it a point to hunt for that recording on my next trip home at the end of this month. If I succeed in my quest, I will be glad to make a copy for you. ^_^ You'll probably listen to it more than I ever have (can't bear the thought of hearing my own singing voice *cringes*). Nice to meet you, by the way. I'm Jason. ^_^
Bonnie, shut up and leave the thesbians alone!
And No, I'm not talking about "Girl-On-Girl" action.

Sorry about that you two.
Please continue with your intelligent conversation.
HAHA! Thanks, Daddy. But no, it's cool. Congrats on your Grammies, by the way, Bonnie. ^_^
P.S. I would do coke with you any day.
OK , I've tried to find a copy of the Donmar Warehouse recording of Threepenny Opera, but I can't find it in any store up here, and the only place I can get it it Amazon. Problem is, I don't have a credit card! I must ask for it as a holiday gift or go down to NYC to find it there! It's so annoying. I saw it at Borders a few months ago an I didn't get it and the next time I went, I intended to get it and they didn't have it....boo-radley-hoo.
There is going to be a musical called LoveMusik which tells the tale of Lotte Lenya (played by Donna Murphy) and Kurt Weill (Michael Cerveris) That will be on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre (the former Broadway home of Hair). It features Weill's music and a book by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy). Sounds cool, no?
Merry Xmas from Playbill:

"...many listmakers included the worst shows of the year along with their top choices. Among those (dis)honored more than once are The Times They Are A-Changin', Lestat and The Threepenny Opera revival."

Playbill's Top 2006 List
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That's a laugh, the probably didn't get it, and plus Brecht was a communist, and lord knows that America hates commies! I'd like to know why they thought it was so bad. was is because that 3penny is a musical that actully says somethings that are still relevent to our society even to today as it did in 1928? Also it's a show that makes you think unlike a certain overrated piece of shit that somehow manages to pack the Majestic theatre every night.

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