Bachtrack Review 2014
Dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure, Mahagonny is a city founded by three stranded fugitives - ruthless entrepreneur Begbick and her henchmen Moses and Fatty - where cash is king and anything goes.
The downtrodden and desperate flood in to savour the city’s delights and take their ease, reveling in joyous consumption and signing up to the rule of misrule until they discover the sting in the tail; in Mahagonny, the greatest crime of all is the inability to pay.
Director Lynne Parker transforms and celebrates the Olympia Theatre in this immersive production, to evoke a timeless, universal metropolis. Irish soprano Claudia Boyle stars as the enigmatic hooker Jenny Smith, who leads the Albama Song; and the renegade ringleaders are sung by Anne Marie Gibbons (Begbick), John Molloy (Trinity Moses), and Ross Scanlon (Fatty the Bookkeeper) with Julian Hubbard as the existential rebel Jimmy Mahoney.
Banned by the Nazis in the 1930s, this electrifying work has lost none of its bite. Weill’s thrilling score with its complex juxtaposition of opera, jazz and cabaret, remains groundbreaking while Brecht’s sharp satire is as entertaining as it is provocative. Sung in English, this production features a full orchestra plus a chorus of 22 professional singers conducted by David Brophy.
This project is the 2014 recipient of Sky Arts Ignition, part of Sky’s commitment to the cultural sector. Sky is supporting the project through direct investment as well as on-air, marketing and digital support.
Cast includes Claudia Boyle, Anne Marie Gibbons, John Molloy, Ross Scanlon, Julian Hubbard, Christopher Cull, Eamonn Mulhall, Julian Tovey, and Andrew Boushell