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Album: The Threepenny Opera (1954 New York Cast) (Blitzstein Adaptation)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Prologue "The Threepenny Opera" The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 0:18
2)    Overture "The Threepenny Opera" 1954 Original Broadway Cast More Info... 1:54
3)    The Ballad Of Mack The Knife 1954 Original Broadway Cast More Info... 3:20
4)    Morning Anthem The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 0:49
5)    Instead-Of-Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 1:52
6)    Army Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:15
7)    Wedding Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 1:06
8)    Love Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 1:57
9)    Ballad Of Dependency The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:18
10)    The World Is Mean The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:45
11)    Melodrama And Polly's Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:33
12)    Pirate Jenny The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 4:04
13)    Tango-Ballad The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 4:35
14)    Ballad Of The Easy Life The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 1:43
15)    Barbara Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:17
16)    Jealousy Duet The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:22
17)    How To Survive The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:14
18)    Useless Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 0:43
19)    Solomon Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:36
20)    Call From The Grave The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:23
21)    Death Message The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:02
22)    Finale The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:05
23)    The Ballad Of Mack The Knife More Info... 2:39
 

Album: The Threepenny Opera (1954 New York Cast) (Blitzstein Adaptation)
# Song Title   Time
1)    Prologue "The Threepenny Opera" The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 0:18
2)    Overture "The Threepenny Opera" 1954 Original Broadway Cast More Info... 1:54
3)    The Ballad Of Mack The Knife 1954 Original Broadway Cast More Info... 3:20
4)    Morning Anthem The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 0:49
5)    Instead-Of-Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 1:52
6)    Army Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:15
7)    Wedding Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 1:06
8)    Love Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 1:57
9)    Ballad Of Dependency The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:18
10)    The World Is Mean The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:45
11)    Melodrama And Polly's Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:33
12)    Pirate Jenny The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 4:04
13)    Tango-Ballad The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 4:35
14)    Ballad Of The Easy Life The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 1:43
15)    Barbara Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:17
16)    Jealousy Duet The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:22
17)    How To Survive The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:14
18)    Useless Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 0:43
19)    Solomon Song The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 2:36
20)    Call From The Grave The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:23
21)    Death Message The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:02
22)    Finale The Threepenny Opera/1954 Original Broadway Cast/Remastered More Info... 3:05
23)    The Ballad Of Mack The Knife More Info... 2:39
 
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Performer Notes
  • Lyrics written by Bertold Brecht. Music written by Kurt Weill.
  • Principal cast includes: Lotte Lenya (Jenny); Bea Arthur (Lucy Brown); Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Peachum); Jo Sullivan (Polly Peachum); Scott Merrill (Macheath "Mack The Knife"); Martin Wolfson (Mr. J.J. Peachum); Gerald Price (The Streetsinger); George Tyne (Tiger Brown).
  • Recorded in New York, New York in April 1954. Originally released on M-G-M (E/SE 3221). Includes liner notes by David Farneth.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel: Chuck Smith, Gerrianne Raphael, Paul Dooley, Martin Wolfson, Jo Sullivan, Lotte Lenya, John Astin , Bea Arthur, Gerald H. Price, Charlotte Rae (vocals); Ralph Colicchio (guitar, banjo); Charles Russo (clarinet); Samuel Matlowsky, Marc Blitzstein (piano).
  • Liner Note Author: Stanley Green.
  • Recording information: Theater De Lys, New York, NY (03/10/1954); Theatre de Lys, Greenwich Village, NY (03/10/1954).
  • Author: Marc Blitzstein.
  • Photographer: Gene Cook.
  • Translator: Marc Blitzstein.
  • Die Dreigroschenoper, Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's radical reinterpretation of John Gay's 18th century operetta The Beggar's Opera, was a sensation in Europe after its German premiere in 1928. But the show, with its decadent portrait of the underworld, was less appealing to Americans when it appeared as The Threepenny Opera on Broadway in 1933 and became a quick flop. It took another 21 years and a new English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein for The Threepenny Opera to succeed in New York. Playing at a small Greenwich Village theater, the new version ran 2,611 performances (longer than any Broadway musical up to that time), meanwhile establishing off-Broadway as a legitimate extension of the theater. The cast album, the first such recording ever made of an off-Broadway show, suggests what it was that packed them in downtown. The music is played by an eight-piece band -- keyboards, two clarinets, two trumpets, trombone, percussion, and banjo or guitar -- making for spare arrangements that support the heavily literate songs in which Brecht comments sardonically on the world. The cast is led by a strong Polly Peachum, sung by soprano Jo Sullivan, and by Lotte Lenya (Weill's widow) in the role of Jenny Towler, here given the revenge fantasy "Pirate Jenny." Gerald Price confidently handles "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," soon to become a surprising pop hit. ~ William Ruhlmann
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