directed by Stage Director David Fuller, Musical Director Michael Harren
Written on the heels of the phenomenally successful Threepenny Opera, Happy End, which premiered in Berlin in 1929, again takes to task the disparity between the "Haves" versus the "Have-nots." In the underworld of Chicago, 1919, a Salvation Army Lieutenant, Lillian Holiday, a/k/a Hallelujah Lil, tries to reform a gangster, Bill Cracker, whose mob is led by the mysterious Lady in Grey (also known as "The Fly"). During the course of the salvation, they fall in love, a robbery gets bungled, murder is attempted, there's a surprise reuniting and a "happy" ending. Along the way we are treated to some of Weill's best songs, including "The Bilbao Song," "The Sailor's Tango," "Song of the Big Shot," "The Mandalay Song" and "Surabaya Johnny." Veteran Director David Fuller, who has helmed many hits including The Threepenny Opera at the Jean Cocteau Repertory, and Theater Ten Ten's spring 2006, five time Innovative Theater Award nominated production of The Singapore Mikado, directs this exciting piece. Mr. Fuller staged Brecht’s Mother Courage in the 2005-2006 season at Jean Cocteau Repertory, in a world premiere of the translation by Marc Blitzstein.
4/27/2007 at 8:00pm