San Jose Stage to Present THE THREEPENNY OPERA, 2/5-3/30
San Jose Stage Company presents the powerful and evocative musical The Threepenny Opera for an extended eight-week run, from February 5 - March 30, 2014.
A milestone of 20th century musical theater, The Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) rolls on unstoppably into the 21st with absolute relevance in today's world. In their opera "by and for beggars," composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) created a trailblazing musical spectacle of fierce social and political critique, where the 'haves' clash with the 'have-nots' with its haunting jazz score by Kurt Weill, acid harmonies and biting lyrics. This musical saga of the villainous but irresistible Mack the Knife and his marauding band of thieves is a revolutionary musical theatre inspiring such hits as Cabaret (at The Stage in 2011 for an 6-week extended run) and Urinetown, The Musical (at The Stage in 2006 for an 8-week extended run).
"The timeless influence of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and their Threepenny Opera are still reverberating today," said Randall King, Artistic Director of The Stage. "Threepenny Opera is a benchmark piece of musical theatre. It's a social satire on the inherent hypocrisy and corruption of capitalism told from the viewpoint of the 'sorely effected'. Given the current banking system and state of the world economics, it's extremely relevant. If there was ever time to revive this show, it's now -- it's evocative, edgy and very funny. I think it's going to strike a major chord with audiences."
The Threepenny Opera begins previews on February 5 and opens on February 8. Performances are on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm and runs through March 30.
Tickets range from $25 - $50 and are available at www.thestage.org or by calling the box office at408.283.7142. Visa and MasterCard are accepted, and discounts are available for groups, students and seniors. The theatre is handicapped accessible.
The Stage is located at 490 South First Street at William Street in downtown San Jose's South First (SoFA) area.