The Beggar's Opera

Broadway Revival (1973)

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.

The Beggar's Opera played previews on Friday evening, December 21, 1973, and a matinee the next day. It opened at the evening the next day, and it played its final performance on the evening of December 31. The repertory season continued at the Billy Rose through January 11, 1974, which is sometimes incorrectly given as the closing date of the production of The Beggar's Opera.

The playbill did not list song titles for this production.

The playbill credit for Elizabeth Keen read "Dances arranged by Elizabeth Keen." This might suggest that she created the musical arrangements for the dances, but she staged the dances.

Several cast members also among the musicians. They were Gerald Shaw (organ), Benjamin Hendrickson and Jared Sakren (guitar), and Peter Dvorsky (reed and percussion).

The production's director (Gene Lesser), dance stager (Elizabeth Keen), musical director and arranger (Roland Gagnon), and costume designer (Carrie F. Robbins) had all worked in the same capacities on the previous year's Chelsea Theatre Center production, which moved to an open-ended Off-Broadway run after its initial limited-engagement run was over.

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