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.
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."
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.