The New York Times reports that Ana Gasteyer has joined the cast of Roundabout's "Threepenny Opera" for which previews will beging on March 24th. Gasteyer will appear alongside Tony award winning Jim Dale as Mr. Peachum, Tony award winning Alan Cumming as "Macheath," Emmy and Golden Globe award winning Edie Falco as "Jenny" and Nellie McKay as "Polly" in a new Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera, directed by Scott Elliott on Broadway at Studio 54. Roundabout Theatre Company has commissioned Wallace Shawn to translate and adapt the original German book and lyrics for the production.
Performances for the limited engagement will begin in April 2006, and additional casting is expected to be announced shortly.
Currently starring as Elphaba in the Chicago production of Wicked, Ana Gasteyer is best known for her six seasons on "Saturday Night Live," where she brought to life such characters as music teacher Bobbi Moughan-Culp, NPR host Margaret Jo, as well as impressions of Martha Stewart and Celine Dion. Gasteyer's theatre credits include the The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway, as well as Off-Broadway productions of Kimberly Akimbo, Roulette, and The Vagina Monologues. Regionally, she played Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (Pittsburgh CLO). She is a Northwestern grad who appeared in Mary Zimmerman's original productions of The Odyssey and The Notebooks of Leonardo DaVinci.
In addition to her TV and film work, she is featured on the soundtrack of "Reefer Madness," as well as the newly released Actor's Fund recording of "Hair." Ana continues to perform her musical evening "Let It Rip" around the country.
The Threepenny Opera serves up a deliciously dark satire of "respectable" society, with dashing thieves, saucy prostitutes, and lingering melodies. Based on Elizabeth Hauptmann's German translation of John Gay's eighteenth-century The Beggar's Opera , The Threepenny Opera thrusts the audience into the seedy underworld of Mack the Knife, a dapper criminal and his wry love affair with Polly Peachum.
Scott Elliott is an Associate Artist of the Roundabout Theatre Company. For the Roundabout Theatre Company, he has directed Chekhov's Three Sisters and Clare Boothe Luce's The Women.