Edie Falco Pulls Out of Roundabout's Threepenny Opera
Falco was to have played Jenny Diver, who sings the bitter aria "The Pirate Jenny" in the Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht musical; it will run from March 24th through June 11th at Studio 54.
Directed by Scott Elliott (the upcoming Barefoot in the Park, Hurlyburly) and featuring a translation and adaptation by Wallace Shawn (Aunt Dan and Lemon), the musical will also feature Ana Gasteyer (Wicked in Chicago) as Mrs. Peachum, Tony Award-winner Jim Dale (Barnum) as Mr. Peachum, Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming as Macheath and Nellie McKay (the best-selling album "Get Away From Me") as Polly Peachum.
"The Threepenny Opera serves up a deliciously dark satire of 'respectable; society, with dashing thieves, saucy prostitutes, and lingering melodies. Based on Elizabeth Hauptmann's German translation of John Gay's eighteenth-century The Beggar's Opera, The Threepenny Opera thrusts the audience into the seedy underworld of Mack the Knife, a dapper criminal and his wry love affair with Polly Peachum," state production notes. Originally produced in Germany, The Threepenny Opera premiered on Broadway at the Empire Theatre on April 13, 1933 and received a historic off-Broadway production (with Weill's wife Lotte Lenya as Jenny) from 1955 to 1961. The most recent Broadway revival (starring Sting and Maureen McGovern) opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 5th, 1989.
Falco previously appeared on Broadway in 'night, Mother, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Side Man (for which she received a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination). She is a three-time Emmy Award-winner for her work on "The Sopranos," and film credits include Sunshine State, Random Hearts, Judy Berlin, A Price Above Rubies, Bullets Over Broadway and the upcoming Freedomland.
The Threepenny Opera's design team will comprise Derek McLane (sets), Isaac Mizrahi (costumes), and Jason Lyons (lighting).
Tickets will be available in the pring of 2006 and available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300; check online at www.roundabouttheatre.org for details.