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Blitzstein, Marc
Blitzstein, Marc

Marc Blitzstein (1905-64) was born in Philadelphia and appeared as a pianist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 15. He later studied with the influential French teacher Nadia Boulanger and the Austrian-born composer Arnold Schoenberg. His works include the opera REGINA (1949), based on Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, THE CRADLE WILL ROCK (1937) and NO FOR AN ANSWER (1941) and an English adaption of the German poet Bertholt Brecht's book and lyrics for THE THREEPENNY OPERA, by the German-American composer Kurt Weill.

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      In 1961, THE THREEPENNY OPERA closed on Broadway after 2,611 performances.
      In 1954, THE THREEPENNY OPERA opened on Broadway for its first successful American premiere in a translation by Marc Blitzstein. Composer Kurt Weill's wife Lotte Lenya reprised her iconic role as Jenny, and won a 1955 Tony Award for her portrayal. The show ran for 2,611 performances.