THE THREEPENNY OPERA PLAY CAST - SHOW BILL SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LOTTE LENYA, BEATRICE "BEA" ARTHUR, JANE CONNELL - HFSID 343786
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THE THREEPENNY OPERA PLAY CAST, CO-SIGNED BY: LOTTE LENYA, BEATRICE ARTHUR, JANE CONNELL
The cast members of "The Threepenny Opera" sign this Playbill
Show bill signed: "Lotte Lenya", "Beatrice Arthur", and "Jane Connell" in black ink. 22 pages, 6x9¼. Show bill for the Theater de Lys production of "The Threepenny Opera", signed on page 3. The singer and actress known professionally as Lotte Lenya (1898-1981) was born in Vienna, and achieved her breakthrough role as Jenny in the Berlin premier of "The Threepenny Opera" (1928), written by Kurt Weill in collaboration with Berthold Brecht. She was married to Weill from 1926 to 1933, and again from 1937 until his death in 1950. Her second husband was American editor George Davis, hence her compound spelling of her last name. Lenya (and Weill) fled Germany in 1933, and both found new success in America. She reprised her role as Jenny in the first New York presentation of "The Threepenny Opera" (1956), the only time an off-Broadway performance has received a Tony. Later she originated the role of Fraulein Schneider in the original Broadway performance of "Cabaret" (1966). Meanwhile she had reached a new audience of film-goers, portraying Bond villain Rosa Klebb in From Russia with Love (1963). Lenya did not perform musically on Armstrong's recording of "Mack the Knife." She was merely present as an advisor. However, Armstrong improvised her name into the lyrics, singing, "Look out for Miss Lotte Lenya," a line Bobby Darin repeated on his hit version of the song. Beatrice "Bea"Arthur (1922-2009) began doing TV comedy in 1954 (The George Gobel Show, Caesar's Hour). After a hit guest starring appearance on All on the Family in 1971, Arthur got a sitcom of her own, Maude (1972-1978), for which she won an Emmy Award and was nominated for four Golden Globes. Later the co-star of The Golden Girls (1985-1992), Arthur had made her TV debut on Kraft Television Theatre in 1951. She has also appeared on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for her performance as Vera Charles in Mame (a role she reprised in the 1975 film, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination) and stealing the show as the matchmaker in Fiddler on the Roof.Jane Connell (1925-2013) appeared in 13 Broadway plays between 1959 and 2001, with starring roles in Mame, Dear World, Me and My Girl and Lend Me a Tenor. She made numerous TV guest appearances. Toned. Corners rounded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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