The story of the struggle between two not entirely respectable businessmen, the beggar clan king Peachum and the burglar king Macheath, called Mackie Messer, advertised at the premiere in 1928 as a "play with music", was basically the first German-language musical. Bertolt Brecht wrote the text together with Elisabeth Hauptmann, and Kurt Weill composed the immortal music for it. The three of them thus achieved a legendary worldwide success.
With song lines like "And the shark, he has teeth and he wears them on his face," or "Soldiers live on the cannons," "Whether they want to or not, they are ready. This is sexual bondage," "No matter how you turn it, no matter how you push it, first comes the food, then comes the morality," "Because that's how man lives, that he can so thoroughly forget that he is a man after all," "Who wouldn't want to live in peace and harmony, but the circumstances aren't like that," the Brecht/Weill duo succeeded in creating catchy popular hits that still resonate today.
In the new version of the St. Pauli Theater by Peter Jordan and Leonhard Koppelmann, the songs will be pushed forward again in all their force, they will be the secret center of the new interpretation. And if you look around, not only in the small world of the neighborhood, but also in the big world of politics, you have to realize that so much has not changed since Brecht's analysis. Or as he wrote: "Who does not want a paradise on earth? But the circumstances, do they allow it? - No, they just don't allow it." Seldom has social criticism been presented in such a luscious and winking manner. Nothing has changed in this respect either.