Then & Now 8/31: Three Penny Opera

Kurt Weill

On this date in 1928, Kurt Weill's "Three Penny Opera" had its premiere in Berlin. "The Three Penny Opera" was a huge success, and was being performed in theaters all over Europe. But in 1933, when the Nazis came to power in Germany, all performances of "The Three Penny Opera" were banned, since Kurt Weill was Jewish.  And, just as "The Three Penny Opera" was being banned in Germany, its American premiere in 1933 was a flop, and the show closed after only a dozen performances in New York. It wasn't until 1952 that "The Three Penny" opera was successfully staged in America.  The show was reintroduced by Leonard Bernstein and in 1954 reopened off Broadway in Greenwich Village to sold-out houses and rave reviews.

This October, you can see the Three Penny Opera as the Jobsite Theater celebrates its 15th season as the resident theater company of the Straz Center in downtown Tampa.  The show will run Oct. 20 – Nov. 12.  Tickets and information are available online at

Air Date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:00am