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The Threepenny Opera

1928 musical play by Bertolt Brecht; provides a socialist critique of capitalism; adapted from John Gay's 18th-century ballad opera The Beggar's Opera with music by Kurt Weill and insertion ballads by François Villon and Rudyard Kipling

The Threepenny Opera (German: Die Dreigroschenoper) is a musical by German dramatist Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, in collaboration with translator Elisabeth Hauptmann and set designer Caspar Neher. It was adapted from an 18th-century English ballad opera, John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, and offers a Marxist critique of the capitalist world. It opened on 31 August 1928 at Berlin's Theater am Schiffbauerdamm.

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3rd finale: Lets fight injustice, but in moderation.

2 finale:You have to kill your neighbor to survive. It's selfishness that keeps a man alive.

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