CCM’s Kurt Weill Festival resumes this month with the Mainstage Series production of Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera (running Feb. 28 – March 10). This spring’s festival events will also include concert performances of Weill’s Kiddush (Prayer of Sanctification) and the a capella madrigal “Ho, Billy, O!” from the Weill musical Love Life. View a full schedule of festival events here. Learn more about The Threepenny Opera after the jump.
Adapted from an 18th-century ballad opera by John Gay, The Threepenny Opera offers a Marxist critique of the capitalist world. Set in an anachronistic Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera is a work of epic theatre, challenging conventional notions of property and theatre. Part satire, part shock effects, part aesthetic innovation, part moral indictment and part sheer theatrical diversion, it asks a still-relevant question: “Who is the bigger criminal: the man who robs a bank or the man who founds one?” Deeply influenced by jazz, its opening lament, “Mack the Knife,” has become a standard recorded by Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé and countless others. Since its opening, The Threepenny Opera has been translated into 18 languages and performed more than 10,000 times. CCM’s production is directed by Robin Guarino, with musical direction by Roger Grodsky and choreography by Patti James. This production contains mature subject matter.
The Threepenny Opera
Music by Kurt Weill
Book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
English Adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
- 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28
- 8 p.m. Friday, March 1 *
- 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2
- 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3
- 8 p.m. Thursday, March 7
- 8 p.m. Friday, March 8
- 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 9
- 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10
* The Friday, March 1 performance of The Threepenny Opera will be preceded by a pre-show talk presented by the University of Houston’s Howard Pollack. The talk begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Baur Room of UC’s Corbett Center for the Performing Arts and is free and open to the general public.
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets to The Threepenny Opera are $30 for adults, $19 for non-UC students and $17 for UC students with valid ID.
$12 student rush tickets are available for Saturday matinee performances beginning at 1 p.m. on March 2 and March 9. Limit two rush tickets per valid ID.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.
Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
Funded in part by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., New York, NY
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
ArtsWave: Community Partner
Macy’s: Mainstage Season Production Sponsor