Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

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Cast: Audra McDonald

     
 

Broadway stars Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, and Anthony Dean Griffey star in this Los Angeles Opera production of the Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht classic, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Recorded March 1 and 4, 2007 -- and premiered on PBS's Great Performances the following December, Mahagonny tells a tale of an Old West boomtown that risesSee more details below

Overview

Broadway stars Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, and Anthony Dean Griffey star in this Los Angeles Opera production of the Kurt Weill-Bertolt Brecht classic, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. Recorded March 1 and 4, 2007 -- and premiered on PBS's Great Performances the following December, Mahagonny tells a tale of an Old West boomtown that rises from the desert to become a razzle-dazzle Mecca for lust, liberty, and the pursuit of pleasure. Cash is king, poverty is punishable by death, and anything worth doing is worth overdoing. The gripping story and sharply satirical opera -- full of whiskey, women, and gambling fools -- raises an ironic eyebrow at capitalist society. With lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, the provocative inspiration behind the Broadway staples Cabaret and Chicago had its premiere in 1930 and was banned by the Nazis in '33. "Mack the Knife" composer Kurt Weill penned a haunting score, which crosses over from opera to cabaret to Broadway and includes the classic pop hit "Moon of Alabama." On this DVD, John Doyle, the director of Broadway's smash hit revival of Sweeney Todd, delivers a risky new production starring four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who stars as Jenny, a tart-with-a-heart, and Broadway legend Patti LuPone as the town's feisty madam Begbick. Conductor and LA Opera music director James Conlon talks about the work and this particular staging in a DVD bonus interview.

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Editorial Reviews

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One of Brecht and Weill's greatest musical creations is given vibrant new life in this all-star production. Leading the cast in this revival of the caustic 1930 masterpiece are Audra McDonald (as Jenny), Patti LuPone (as Begbick), and Anthony Dean Griffey (as Jimmy). Directed by John Doyle, the mastermind behind the triumphant Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd, and conducted by the acclaimed James Conlon, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny was recorded live at Los Angeles Opera.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
UPC:
0880242562586
Original Release:
2007
Source:
Euroarts
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:13:00
Sales rank:
65,421

Special Features

Los Angeles Opera music director James Conlon talks about "Mahagonny."

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
1. Opening [1:39]
2. No. 1 "So We Might As Well Build a City Here" [7:10]
3. No. 2 "Oh, Show us the Way to the Next Whisky Bar" [2:54]
4. No. 3 "We Live in Giant Cities" [4:13]
5. No. 4 "Off to Mahagonny" [2:04]
6. No. 5 "When You Are a Stranger in the City" [6:58]
7. No. 6 "I've Learned in My Trade" [2:09]
8. No. 7 "Fatty, and Moses!" [4:45]
9. No. 8 "Think of How the Sky Turns Beautiful at Twilight" [6:36]
10. No. 9 "Deep in Alaska's Snow-Covered Woodland" [6:58]
11. No. 10 "A Frightful Diaster" [2:14]
12. No. 11 "Stand Bravely, Brothers!" [10:53]
13. No. 12 "Oh Glory, What a Rescue!" [5:09]
14. No. 13 "First, Don't Forget to Stuff Your Faces" [4:58]
15. No. 14 "Second Comes the Loving Match" [6:02]
16. No. 15 "Here is the Place, Gents" [:37]
17. No. 16 "Bottoms Up, Friends!" [6:36]
18. "Gents, When I Was Young" [5:45]
19. No. 17 "When the Sky Turns Brighter" [6:36]
20. No. 18 "Everyone Step Up and Buy Your Tickets" [4:39]
21. "There is No Money in This Land" [10:15]
22. No. 19 "Dearest Jenny" [2:49]
23. No. 20 "One Morning When the Sky Was Gray" [7:18]
24. "Still We Only Build This Mahagonny" [3:23]
25. Credits [7:19]

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