Threepenny Minus One: Falco Leaves Upcoming Opera Broadway Cast

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Edie Falco will not appear in the upcoming Wallace Shawn adaptation of The Threepenny Opera on Broadway, Playbill.com has learned.

A production spokesperson confirmed that the actress who was originally announced to star in the work as Jenny will not be in the cast. No replacement for Falco or reason for her departure could be learned at press time.

Scott Elliott (Hurlyburly, The Women) will direct the Roundabout Theatre Company commission which will begin performances March 24, 2006 and open April 20 at Studio 54.

Falco — Emmy Award-winning star of the HBO mob hit "The Sopranos" — was last seen on Broadway in the Michael Mayer-directed revival of Marsha Norman's 'night, Mother. The actress made her Broadway debut in the Warren Leight play Side Man and has also appeared on Broadway in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

Alan Cumming, Nellie McKay, Jim Dale and Ana Gasteyer are set to star in the cast in the work translated and adapted by Shawn (Aunt Dan and Lemon) from the original German book and lyrics of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's classic musical Die Dreigroschenoper. Set in London in the 1800s, the The Threepenny Opera concerns a notorious bandit who marries a girl, much to the chagrin of her father. The peeved patriarch does everything in his power to imprison his son-in-law in this political and social satire.

Tony Award winner Cumming (Cabaret, Design for Living) will reprise the role of Macheath — which he played in a recent workshop that also starred Falco. Songstress McKay plays the young bride Polly. Dale (Barnum, Joe Egg) will take on the role of Mr. Peachum opposite Gasteyer as Mrs. Peachum. More casting is to be announced. The design team for The Threepenny Opera features Derek McLane (sets), Isaac Mizrahi (costumes) and Jason Lyons (lights). Kevin Stites serves as the music director.

Fashion personality Mizrahi previously collaborated with director Elliott on the Roundabout's revival of The Women for his Broadway debut. He will again join the stage director for his upcoming Broadway revival of Barefoot in the Park.

Roundabout announced the work in June 2003 for the 2004-2005 season, but later bumped it from the lineup. The Brecht-Weill work was last revived for the Broadway stage in 1989 as 3 Penny Opera starring former "The Police" frontman Sting.

Tickets go on sale in January 2006 through Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719 1300. For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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