New York City
Lyrics by: BERTOLT BRECHT
Music by: KURT WEILL
Original German Play by: DOROTHY LANE
Book and Lyrics adapted by: MICHAEL FEINGOLD
Written on the heels of the phenomenally successful Threepenny Opera, Happy End – which premiered in Berlin in 1929 – again takes to task the disparity between the “Haves” and the “Have-nots.” In the underworld of Chicago, 1919, a Salvation Army Lieutenant, Lillian Holiday, a.k.a. Hallelujah Lil, tries to reform a gangster, Bill Cracker, whose mob is led by the mysterious Lady in Grey (also known as “The Fly”).
During the course of the salvation, Holiday and Cracker fall in love, a robbery gets bungled, murder is attempted, there’s a surprise reuniting and a “happy” ending. Along the way, the audience is treated to some of Weill’s best songs, including “The Bilbao Song,” “The Sailor’s Tango,” “Song of the Big Shot,” “The Mandalay Song” and “Surabaya Johnny.”
Veteran Director David Fuller, who has helmed many hits including The Threepenny Opera at the Jean Cocteau Repertory, and Theater Ten Ten’s six-time Innovative Theater Award-nominated production of The Singapore Mikado in the Spring of 2006, directs this exciting piece.
Appropriate For Ages: 8+
NOTE: Patrons requiring specialty needs must provide the theater with at least 48 hours notice.
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