Threepenny Stars and Creators Featured on April 15 "Morning Edition" on NPR

News   Threepenny Stars and Creators Featured on April 15 "Morning Edition" on NPR
The Threepenny Opera stars Alan Cumming and Ana Gasteyer join director Scott Elliott and scribe Wallace Shawn on NPR's "Morning Edition," April 15.

Ana Gasteyer and Alan Cumming.
Ana Gasteyer and Alan Cumming. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Celebrating the company's 40th Anniversary Season, the show (which airs 5-9 AM on WNYC-FM) will also feature Harry Connick, Jr. — star of Broadway's current The Pajama Game — and Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes.

Scott Elliott (Hurlyburly, The Women) directs the world premiere translation of The Threepenny Opera, adapted by Wallace Shawn. The Roundabout show began March 24 and opens April 20 at Studio 54 for a limited run through June 18. Aszure Barton choreographs.

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 (Cabaret, Design for Living) stars as the infamous Macheath opposite pop songstress Cyndi Lauper (as Jenny) and fellow recording artist Nellie McKay (Polly) with stage veterans Gasteyer (Wicked, The Rocky Horror Show) and Tony Award winner Jim Dale (Barnum, Joe Egg) (as Mrs. And Mr. Peachum) in the work based on the original Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill classic musical Die Dreigroschenoper.

The design team for The Threepenny Opera features Derek McLane (sets), Isaac Mizrahi (costumes), Jason Lyons (lights) and Ken Travis (sound). Kevin Stites serves as the music director.

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

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