Jekyll & Hyde's Rob Evan will play a different ladykiller -- the dashing Macheath -- in a new English language production of The Threepenny Opera, featuring, among other contemporary twists, the hip-hop stylings of Cee-Lo. The Threepenny Opera runs May 6-13 at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut.
Evan starred as the title role in Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde. Other credits include Jean Valjean in the national tour of Les Miserables and productions of Hot Mikado, Hello, Dolly!, Jesus Christ Superstar and Brigadoon.
Alongside his own CDs, "Soul Food," "Still Standing" and "World Party," Cee-Lo made a guest appearance on Carlos Santana's "Supernatural." A "Goodie Mob" breakout artist, Cee-Lo has worked with Lauryn Hill, Puff Daddy and Heavy D. Among Cee-Lo's contributions to The Threepenny Opera will be an entirely new version of "Mack the Knife."
Paula Suozzi directs. A member of the Metropolitan Opera's directing staff and associate artistic director Milwaukee's Skylight Opera Theatre, her credits include new productions of The Marriage of Figaro, Don Pasquale, Guys and Dolls, The Turn of the Screw and Mass Appeal.
A landmark when it opened in 1928, Threepenny Opera boasts lyrics by Bertolt Brecht and music by Kurt Weill. The jazz-flecked yarn based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera (1728), weaves a tale of lusty passion and political corruption and features classic songs such as "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," "Pirate Jenny," "Soldiers' Song," and "Tango Ballad." Tickets are $67-$25. The Palace Theatre is located at 61 Atlantic Street. For tickets, call (203) 325-4466.