By Ernio Hernandez
19 Jun 2006
Scott Elliott (Hurlyburly, The Women) directed the Roundabout Theatre Company commission which began performances March 24 and opened April 20 at Studio 54. The limited run, originally scheduled to end June 18 recently extended through June 25.
Cumming, who won his Tony as the Emcee in the Broadway revival of Cabaret, stars in the role of Mack the Knife. The Scottish thespian has starred on stage in Design for Living and his theatre company Art Party's inaugural production, Elle. He has also appeared on film in Circle of Friends," "Plunkett & Macleane," "Titus," "Nicholas Nickleby" and "The Anniversary Party" — which he wrote and directed with Jennifer Jason Leigh — as well as television roles in "Annie," "God, The Devil and Bob," "The Goodbye Girl" and the TV movie version of the musical Reefer Madness.
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.
Cumming stars with Cyndi Lauper, Nellie McKay, Jim Dale and Ana Gasteyer in the cast of 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.
Tickets to The Threepenny Opera at Broadway's Studio 54, located at 254 West 54th St., are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.