Brecht and Weill's Happy End: A Gangster Musical from A.C.T.
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Award-winning actress/playwright Chris Black enters the ring for a dramatic one-woman show in Tough, which is inspired by the life of famed boxer John L. Sullivan, who traveled coast-to-coast challenging people to fights. While Sullivan's background, rise to fame and decline motivate the performance, Black's interest also lies in what it means to be strong and how athletes and performers harness that "special something" to become extraordinary. Black opens the show by throwing her hat in the ring and announcing the rules of the game, all while enjoying some good whiskey. Don't miss this unique, gender-bending performance that mixes power and poignancy. Learn More
We went to the Saturday matinee and parked at the Donatello hotel. It was only $10 for 5 hours so you have plenty of time before or after for a bite to eat before or after. There's a half price happy hour at the hotel restaurant tooThe Orphan of Zhao info • Jun 23 2014 star this tip starred
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“Sheer genius…a spirited fable of crime and redemption…A delight!” —New York Times
“A fascinating synthesis of jazz and old-timey American hymn tunes…an unerring mix of elegance and slang.” —LA Weekly
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Music by Kurt Weill
Original German Play by Dorothy Lane
(Elisabeth Hauptmann and Bertolt Brecht)
Books and Lyrics adapted by Michael Feingold
Gangsters collide with Salvation Army workers in this colorful musical tale of love and betrayal. Following Carey Perloff’s standing-room-only production of The Threepenny Opera in 2001, A.C.T. is thrilled to present Brecht and Weill’s landmark musical Happy End, described by translator Michael Feingold as “a jolly escapist romp with an acid undercurrent.” Combining social satire with music-hall moxie, Happy End showcases a mythical 1920s Chicago packed with oversized personalities, financial corruption, and some of the greatest songs of twentieth-century theater, including “Surabaya Johnny” and “The Bilbao Song.”