Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Threepenny Opera

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

The Threepenny Opera

Article excerpt

Scott Elliott's perverse new staging of The Threepenny Opera has all the ingredients that have made the show a roaring success since its 1928 premiere, but to appreciate them you have to work pretty hard, The production doesn't have an idea in its head beyond parading a kicky mixture of Broadway veterans (Alan Cumming, Jim Dale) and pop culture stars (Cyndi Lauper, Nellie McKay, TV's Ana Gasteyer) in costumes by Isaac Mizrahi with as much gender-bending and sexual display as possible.

The performances are a mixed bag, starting with Cumming's Macheath ("Mack the Knife," as the shoves famed song dubs him), a pale echo of his electrifying Broadway debut as the Emcee in Cabaret. He plays Macheath as a pansexual punk instead of a charismatic gangster. (Jealous girlfriend Lucy Brown is played by a man, Brian Charles Rooney, in drag.) Lauper as the aging whore Jenny Diver is tentative at first, but singing "Solomon Song" she's perfectly lit and coiffed to resemble Dietrich in The Blue Angel, Innocence and knowingness superbly cohabit McKay's portrayal of Macheath's young bride, Polly Peachum, but her voice grates, as if she's singing just out of her range. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.