In January 1728, John Gay's The
Beggar's Opera, "most successful piece ever produced on the English
stage," was performed for the first time, in London. On its 205th
birthday, The Beggar's Opera was performed in Manhattan last week in a
French cinema version called L'Opéra de Quat' Sons, with music by
German Composer Kurt Weill, Victorian settings. Last week's showing of
L'Opéra de Quat' Sous was interesting for other than sentimental
reasons. Famed George Wilhelm Pabst who directed it also made a German
version of The Beggar's Opera (Die Drei-groschenoper) of which...
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