Carly Simon’s music used to update The Beggar’s Opera

The Sydney Morning Herald reviews The Convict’s Opera, a modernized take on The Beggar’s Opera from 1728. The musical uses songs by Carly Simon, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, the Proclaimers and Ian Dury. The article doesn’t mention which songs are used. The show started playing at the Sydney Theatre in Australia on October 4 and is scheduled to close October 25.

Anyone have any other information about this?


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2 Responses to Carly Simon’s music used to update The Beggar’s Opera

  1. David says:

    Truly atrocious. 3 hours of my life I will never get back

    Constructively, the acoustics were terrible and I couldn’t hear any of what the cast were singing over their instruments. I could barely hear them when they were speaking.

    From an artistic perspective, I find that when a cast feels the need to formally interact with the audience, as was done with the audience members sitting on each side of the stage, it is generally to hide the fact that the performance is lacking in substance. Indeed, these brief, juvenile encounters were the highlight of the night.

    Lastly, I felt that the play didn’t go anywhere. It was monotonic from start to finish – surely impossible for a musical. I believe it is either a poor choice of play, or poorly produced and doesn’t reflect the talent of the performers on stage

  2. Corey Blake says:

    Thank you for the review, David!

    Interesting observations. Do you happen to remember which Carly Simon song or songs were used?

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