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Get to Know Tahiti/Arias in 5 Minutes or Less

Mar 28, 2018 11:36:26 AM
By Lacey Upton posted in #tahitiBLO, Leonard Bernstein, 1950s, 2017/18 Season, HIGH FIVE, New Production

Get to know two Leonard Bernstein masterpieces, TROUBLE IN TAHITI and ARIAS & BARCAROLLES in 5 minutes or less before BLO's new production in May 2018.
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What do SCOTCH TAPE, CHE GUEVARA, and THE THREEPENNY OPERA have in common?

Mar 20, 2018 3:57:58 PM
By John Conklin posted in 2017/18 Season, #ThreepennyBLO, Weill, Brecht, The Game of Dates, Chronology

The Threepenny Opera had its first performance in Berlin on the 31st of August 1928—let’s explore what else occurred that year.
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“Mackie” Goes Wild: “Mack the Knife" Part II

Mar 16, 2018 11:47:12 AM
By John Conklin posted in 2017/18 Season, #ThreepennyBLO, Weill, Brecht

We have looked at and listened to some relatively straightforward renditions of the insidiously persuasive strains of “Mackie Messer,” or “Mack the Knife.” Here are some others--from the bizarre to the campy!
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Song about A Serial Killer Hits Top of the Charts: "Mack the Knife"

Mar 16, 2018 11:36:16 AM
By John Conklin posted in #ThreepennyBLO, Brecht, Weill, 2017/18 Season

Although a last-minute addition to the original production in 1928, “Die Moritat von Mackie Messer” has gone on to become its biggest hit.
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A Double-Edged Blade: The Curious History of  MACK THE KNIFE

Mar 15, 2018 9:09:00 AM
By Laurence Senelick posted in #ThreepennyBLO, Weill, Brecht, 2017/18 Season

Shortly before The Threepenny Opera was to open, Harald Paulsen, playing Mack the Knife, demanded an entrance song that would announce his character. Brecht decided to compose one that would counteract the dandy image, and so penned Die Moritat von Mackie Messer--The Ballad of Mack the Knife.
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Brecht Hated Opera: So Why Write Threepenny?

Mar 14, 2018 2:31:57 PM
By John Conklin posted in #ThreepennyBLO, Brecht, Theater, John Conklin, Weill

Brecht hated opera—a bit simplistic and overstated, granted, but perhaps not entirely inappropriate for dealing with the highly opinionated beliefs of this protean playwright, poet, composer, director, actor, and theoretician. But upon further examination, the situation becomes more ambiguous.
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Arbit Blatas and The Threepenny Opera

Mar 13, 2018 5:37:00 PM
By BLO Staff posted in Weill, Brecht, #ThreepennyBLO, 2017/18 Season, Art

The Threepenny Opera is a work that provoked passion, outrage, and has inspired countless other artists over the course of 90 years. One such artist, Arbit Blatas, came back to the themes and story of Threepenny many times over the course of his career as an artist and sculptor.
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Spotlight: James Maddalena

Mar 9, 2018 2:25:49 PM
By BLO Staff

BLO gives a shout out to James Maddalena, an exceptional performer that has been performing with us for many years. This season, he is one of only two performers who will be performing in two BLO productions.
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