A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, August 31, 2015
8/31/1928 Three Penny Opera opens
August 31, 1928. Three Penny Opera, by Kurt Weill and Bertold Brecht, opened in Berlin on this date. It was adapted by the 18th century Beggar's Opera, written by John Gay.
It tells the story of MacHeath, alias Mack the Knife, a notorious London criminal. The show is dark, political, and brilliant. The most famous song, best known as "Mack The Knife" has been a huge hit in the United States. "Pirate Jenny," alias "The Black Freighter," has been recorded by many artists as well.
Here is a video of Alan Cummings and Cyndi Lauper performing "Ballad of the Pimp" at the 2006 Tony Awards.