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"To the guns, soul in distress!" - Lilian Holiday, idealistic shooting star of the Salvation Army's Northern Detachment, meets Bill Cracker, ruthless man of action and gangster boss. An ambitious mission to proselytize Cracker against all his beliefs and opposition ultimately leads Miss Holiday to a skirmish in which her own salvation is existentially at stake. Whose soul will be saved in the process, and how, is revealed "happily" at the finale of this lively comedy with music.

HAPPY END - Bühnenbild im Modell
HAPPY END - Bühnenbild im Modell © Philip Rubner, Alexander Grüner

Elisabeth Hauptmann, Brecht's long-time collaborator, wrote the text for the melodrama, Bertolt Brecht himself and Kurt Weill provided the music and song lyrics - the core of the creative team that, after the DREIGROSCHENOPER, created another play of the mood and in the style of the previous world success. With the DREIGROSCHENOPER of 1928 and the opera AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONY of 1930, HAPPY END came to the stage in 1929 as the middle part of a triptych of the three great collaborative works of the Brecht/Weill workshop.

The songs from the piece have since become a staple in the concert repertoire of numerous singing stars. "Bill Ballhaus in Bilbao", "Surabaya Johnny", the "Sailor Tango"... are both content-filled components of the play's plot, as well as ballads and songs effective in their own right, in which Brecht's brilliant lyricism is indissolubly combined with Kurt Weill's equal musical genius.

The Renaissance Theater Berlin is proud to present HAPPY END with the generous and kind support of the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music.

(Program in German)

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Participating artists
Bertolt Brecht (Autor/in)
Elisabeth Hauptmann (Autor/in)
Kurt Weill (Komponist/in)
Sophia Euskirchen
Gabriel Schneider
Jacqueline Macaulay
Klaus Christian Schreiber
Felix Lüke
Noëlle Haeseling
Martin Schneider
Moritz Carl Winklmayr
Johanna Asch
Lennart Preining
Daniel Warland
Sebastian Sommer
Philip Rubner
Alexander Grüner
Wicke Naujoks
Harry Ermer
Semjon Barlas
Karola Elßner
Johannes Gehlmann
Stephan Genze
Roland Schmitt
Otwin Zipp
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