The Beggar's Opera

Broadway Revival (1973)

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Cast Highlights

Mrs. Peachum/Betty Coaxer
Polly Peachum
Matt of the Mint
Jemmy Twitcher/Reed and Percussion
Harry Paddington
Wat Dreary

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Musical Numbers

Act One

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  • Through All the Employments of Life
  • Tis the Woman that Seduces all Mankind
  • If Any Wench Venus's Girdle Wear
  • If Love the Virgin's Heart Invade
  • A Maid is Like the Golden Oar
  • Virgins Are Like the Fair Flower in Its Lustre
  • Our Polly Is a Sad Slut
  • Can Love Be Controlled by Advise?
  • Oh Polly, You Might Have Toy'd and Kissed
  • I, Like a Ship in Storms, was Tossed
  • A Fox May Steal Your Hens, Sir
  • Oh Ponder Well
  • The Turtle Thus with Plaintive Crying
  • Pretty Polly, Say
  • My Heart Was So Free
  • Were I Laid on Greenland's Coast
  • Oh What Pain It is to Part
  • The Miser Thus a Shilling Sees

Act Two

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  • Fill Every Glass
  • Let Us Take the Road
  • If the Heart of a Man is Depressed with Cares
  • Youth's the Season Made for Joys
  • Before the Barn-Door Crowing
  • The Gamesters and Lawyers are Jugglers Alike
  • At the Tree I Shall Suffer with Pleasure
  • Man May Escape from Rope and Gun
  • Thus When a Good Housewife Sees a Rat
  • How Cruel Are the Traitors
  • The First Time at the Looking-Glass
  • When You Censure the Age
  • Is Then His Fate Decreed, Sir?
  • You'll Think e'er Many Days Ensue
  • If You at an Office Solicit Your Due
  • Thus when the Swallow, Seeking Prey
  • How Happy Could I Be with Either
  • I'm Bubbled
  • Cease Your Funning
  • Why How Now, Madam Flirt?
  • No Power on Earth Can e'er Divide
  • I, Like the Fox, Shall Grieve

Act Three

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  • When Young at the Bar You First Taught Me to Score
  • My Love Is All Maddness and Folly
  • Thus Gamesters United in Friendship are Found
  • The Modes of the Court So Common are Grown
  • What Gudgeons Are We Men
  • In the Days of My Youth
  • I'm Like a Skiff on the Ocean Tossed
  • When a Wife's in her Pout
  • A Curse Attends that Woman's Love
  • Among the Men Coquets we Find
  • Come, Sweet Lass
  • Hither, Dear Husband, Turn Your Eyes
  • Which Way Shall I Turn Me?
  • When My Hero in Court Appears
  • When He Holds Up His Hand
  • Ourselves, like the Great, to Secure a Retreat
  • The Charge is Prepared
  • O Cruel, Cruel, Cruel Case!
  • Of all the Friends in Time of Grief
  • Since I Must Swing
  • But now again my Spirits Sink
  • But Valour the Stronger Grows
  • If Thus--A Man Can Die
  • So I Drink off this Bumper
  • But can I Leave my Pretty Hussies
  • Their Eyes, Their Lips, Their Busses
  • Since Laws Were Made for Every Degree
  • Would I Might Be Hang'd
  • Thus I Stand Like the Turk

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Trivia & History

This Acting Company production was presented in the repertory with The Three Sisters, Measure for Measure, Scapin, and Next Time I'll Sing to You. It was a limited engagement.

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