New York City
LA Opera presents Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Broadway Legends Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone headline the cast, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle.
Weill and Brecht, creators of the 1928 smash hit The Threepenny Opera, based Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny on a shorter music-theater piece called the “Mahagonny Songspiel,” a song setting of loosely linked poems by Brecht about a fictional U.S. city devoted to life’s illicit pleasures, where anything goes and the only crime is to run out of money. The full-length piece, an edgy and lyrical satire told in a highly entertaining blend of opera and raucous music hall songs, received its premiere in Leipzig, Germany, in 1930. The score, featuring the classic song “Moon of Alabama,” creates a vivid picture of determination, desperation. and debauchery.
Evening performances are February 10, 14, 17, 22 and March 1 at 7:30pm
Sunday matinee performances are February 25 and March 4 at 2:00pm
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