PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage at Signature's Threepenny Opera With Mackie's Gang Members "Matt of the Mint, "Chainsaw Bob" and "Weepy Wally"

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14 May 2014

Mitchell Jarvis and Natascia Diaz star in the Signature Theatre production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, which began performances April 22 in Arlington, VA. Members of Mack the Knife's gang take Playbill.com on this backstage tour.



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Wadup Playbill?! Matt of the Mint (Paul Scanlan) here! Dis a picture of me and me bruvs, Chainsaw Bob (Ryan Sellers) and Weeping-Willow Walter (Aaron Bliden)! We’ll be your backstage guides for dis here Photo X-clusive. Let’s bounce!
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Matthew Gardiner helms the adaptation by Robert David MacDonald (book) and Jeremy Sams (lyrics), which premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 1994. Performances will continue through June 1.

Mitchell Jarvis (Rock of Ages) stars as Macheath, with Diaz (Man of La Mancha, Kiss of the Spider Woman) as Jenny, Erin Driscoll (Miss Saigon) as Polly Peachum, Rick Hammerly (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) as Lucy Brown, Donna Migliaccio (Ragtime, Beaches) as Mrs. Peachum, Bobby Smith (Crazy for You) as Mr. Peachum and John Leslie Wolfe (Parade, Passion) as Tiger Brown.

The cast is completed by Aaron Bliden, Jamie Eacker, Paul Scanlan, Ryan Sellers, Thomas Adrian Simpson, Jessica Thorne and Katherine Renee Turner.

According to the Signature, "The MAX Theatre transforms into London’s gritty underworld in this reimagined futuristic dystopia for The Threepenny Opera, an adaptation of John Gay’s 1728 ballad-opera The Beggar's Opera, a satirical commentary on politics, poverty, injustice and corruption at all levels of society. The haves clash with the have-nots while Macheath, the ultimate sneering anti-hero, perches in the middle of the storm."

It features such songs as "The Ballad of Mack the Knife," "Life's A Bitch (and Then You Die)" and "Pirate Jenny."

The Threepenny creative team includes musical director Gabriel Mangiante, scenic designer Misha Kachman, costume designer Frank Labovitz, lighting designer Colin K. Bills, sound designer Lane Elms, video designer Rocco DiSanti, dialect director Lynn Watson and wig designer Anne Nesmith.

For tickets and further information visit signature-theatre.org.