Brecht and Weill's Happy End: A Gangster Musical from A.C.T.
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The last date listed for Happy End was Sunday July 16, 2006 / 2:00pm.
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Both charming and disturbing, The Suit combines a rich musical score with remarkably simple staging as it tells the story of a husband who doles out an unusual punishment to his cheating wife: He asks that she treat her lover's abandoned suit as a guest of honor in their home. Accompanying her wherever she goes, the suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of her infidelity. African melodies interweave with jazz standards to underscore this surprising, sharp-witted tale set in Apartheid-era Johannesburg, in a haunting production that integrates virtuosic musicians directly into the action. Learn More
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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.”