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Todd Schaefer, Sarah Porter & More to Lead New Line Theatre's THREEPENNY OPERA


New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," closes its 24th season of adult, alternative musical theatre in June with one of the masterpieces of the art form, the darkly satiric THREEPENNY OPERA (which isn't really an opera), running May 28-June 20, 2015.

The New Line cast includes Todd Schaefer as Capt. MacHeath; Zachary Allen Farmer as Mr. Peachum; Sarah Porter as Mrs. Peachum; Cherlynn Alvarez as Polly; Christopher "Zany" Clark as Tiger Brown; Christina Rios as Lucy Brown; Nikki Glenn as Jenny Diver; and Brian Claussen, Kent Coffel, Jeremy Hyatt, Marshall Jennings, Todd Micali, Kimi Short, Margeau Baue Steinau, Luke Steingruby, and Larissa White. Scott Miller and Mike Dowdy direct, with music direction by Jeffery Richard Carter, scenic design by Rob Lippert, costume design by Sarah Porter, and lighting design by Kenneth Zinkl.

New Line's season closes with one of the dark, comic masterpieces of the art form, Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's world-famous musical comedy THE THREEPENNY OPERA, in the famous translation by Marc Blitzstein (The Cradle Will Rock). This is the show that launched the pop standard, "Mack the Knife." With its haunting jazz score, acid harmonies, biting lyrics, and questionable morals, this is the show that inspired Cabaret, Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, and so many other modern musicals. It's an ironic morality tale about brutal paradoxes, about redemption for the irredeemable, about devotion to the undeserving, about criminal justice serving the unjust, and the poor dressing up to look poorer just so that the rich can get even richer. Originally opening in Berlin in 1928, the show later became the first mega-hit off Broadway in the late 1950s, running over 2,600 performances. It's now one of the most revived musicals around the world, having been translated into eighteen languages and performed more than 10,000 times.

THE THREEPENNY OPERA runs May 28-June 20, 2015, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, at 8:00 p.m., at the Washington University South Campus Theatre (formerly CBC High School), 6501 Clayton Road, just east of Big Bend. May 28 is a preview. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays; and $20 for adults and $15 for students/seniors on Thursdays. For other information, visit New Line Theatre's full-service website at All programs are subject to change.

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