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Laurence Senelick

Laurence Senelick is the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University. He has been named a Distinguished Scholar by both the American Society of Theatre Research and the Faculty Research Awards Council of Tufts University. Senelick is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including the recently published Jacques Offenbach and the Making of Modern Culture.

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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 2017/18 Season, #ThreepennyBLO, Brecht, Weill

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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