In a May 14 interview at the Tony Awards Nominees Press Reception, Melissa Errico — a 2003 Tony nominee for her performance in Amour — said that Karen Ziemba and Randy Graff will be part of the starry Threepenny cast. Ziemba and Graff join the previously announced Errico (as Polly Peachum), Jesse L. Martin (as MacHeath) and Betty Buckley (as Jenny Diver). Buckley drew raves for her “Pirate Jenny” in Williamstown’s 1992 production of the Kurt Weill musical.
Peter Hunt directs the Williamstown staging of the Bertolt Brecht/Weill classic, which runs June 25-July 6. The cast and orchestra of Threepenny Opera will number 60; the score includes "Wedding Song," "Pirate Jenny," "Army Song," "Love Song," "Ballad of the Easy Life," "Barbara Song," "Jealousy Duet," "Solomon Song," "Useless Song” and “The Ballad of Mack the Knife.”
Karen Ziemba won a Tony Award portraying the Wife in Susan Stroman's Contact. She has also starred on Broadway in Chicago, Steel Pier, Crazy for You and 42nd Street, and her Off-Broadway work includes a Drama Desk Award-winning performance in And the World Goes 'Round as well as roles in I Do! I Do!, 110 in the Shade and The Most Happy Fella.
Randy Graff received a Tony Award for her performance in the Cy Coleman musical City of Angels and a Tony nomination for her work in A Class Act. Her other Broadway credits include roles in Grease, Saravà, Les Misérables, Falsettos, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Moon Over Buffalo and High Society. She was also a part of the Kennedy Center’s production of A Little Night Music.
Only mail-order ticket requests will be accepted for Williamstown offerings before the box office opens June 13. For information and a brochure, call (413) 597-3399.