By Robert Simonson
and Andrew Gans
16 Jan 2006
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
As first reported by Playbill.com on Nov. 14, 2005, Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald, who most recently shared the stage in the Ravinia Festival's production of Anyone Can Whistle, will reteam for The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
Opening night is Feb. 10, 2007.
The opera, which features the classic tune "Moon of Alabama," would feature LuPone as Mrs. Begbick, a madame, and McDonald as Jenny, a prostitute.
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny was originally presented in Leipzig in 1930. In 1931 Lotte Lenya, Weill's wife, starred in a production in Germany. The opera was subsequently banned by the Nazis and did not play Germany again until the 1950's.
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