Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Author(s): Music by Kurt Weill, text by Bertolt Brecht
Company: Teatro Regio di Parma
In an imaginary American city, God consigns its licentious citizens to hell, but they truculently reply that they are already there.
Mahagonny ‘the city of nets’, is founded in the desert by three criminals on the run from the police. It is to be a city devoted to pleasure. The only god is money. So Jimmy Mahoney, the hedonistic lumberjack, is condemned to death for being unable to pay the bill for the whisky he has consumed.