A charmingly degenerate Mack

A charmingly degenerate Mack

There are 1 comment on the Newsday story from Apr 21, 2006, titled A charmingly degenerate Mack. In it, Newsday reports that:

Before "Cabaret," before "Chicago," before "Assassins" and related brethren from the dark side, there was "The Threepenny Opera." With its shark bite from Bertolt Brecht and the haunting sour-key melodies of ...

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Lisa Vecchia

Elmhurst, NY

#1 Apr 2, 2007
As an opera singer who actually ENJOYED this highly theatrical version of "The Threepenny Opera," it saddens me that this 'critic' did not GET the production. Did this critic not realize that it was the director's intent to point out how jaded we are? By designing the show the way he did, he easily lured critics into a trap which reveals how complacent we have become... not only with murder, drug-use, corporate corruption, and sexual identity, but with the simple act of deciding whether we should SEE a theatrical production... as many people who read this article decided not to see the show, even though it ran 3 weeks past its sold-out limited run (MUST have been horrible).

It is also HORRIBLE that she dismisses Brian Charles Rooney's astonishingly wonderful performance as "Lucy Brown" as that of a 'drag queen.' Did she READ the actor's biography in the playbill? Did she listen to his astonishing voice? The man SANG those songs. He did not lip-synch as a drag queen might. He sang in full voice as a sopranist. It is sad that this critic finds that the sopranist voice, NEVER seen on Broadway before (no, the singer in "Chicago" is not a Sopranist, he is a countertenor, a voice type entirely composed of falsetto technique, whereas the sopranist voice is not), so trite that she might not comment on it. She also easily dismisses his comic timing and oh-so Brechtian delivery as unmentionable. What a disservice.

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