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Theatre Review: ‘The Threepenny Opera’ at 7 Stages

Courtesy of StunGun photography

Courtesy of StunGun photography

It’s been said that “Threepenny” can’t be done with pure singers, nor with pure actors. Each role calls for specific qualities, and the 7 Stages cast shines like a black diamond….

Other excellent cast members include Nicolette Emanuelle, Jed Drummond, Tad Cameron, Meg Harkins, Shannon Murphy, Evan Hynes, and Claire Christie.

The music is indescribably beckoning and seductive (that word again).

7 Stages’ “Threepenny Opera” is extraordinary—a rare chance to see a world classic that has an enduring life and irresistible vitality. Remember the audience in the film version of “Cabaret”? It’s as though they’ve come to life and are now the performers; they are grotesque, delicious, and must not be missed.


RETRO REVIEW: What Keeps a Musical Alive? 7 Stages Feeds Audiences a Dark, Fresh Take on THREEPENNY OPERA
by Anya Martin September 16th, 2016

Atlanta doesn’t have the theatrical reputation of many comparable American cities, but with THE THREEPENNY OPERA (Sept. 9-25), 7 Stages proves once again that this city can and does produce innovative, provocative performances of the sort one expects to see Off-Broadway. This production, envisioned and co-directed by Michael Haverty andBryan Mercer, is quite simply a must-see if you like Brecht and Weill, value drama that provokes, disturbs, and makes you laugh like Hell, and/or don’t believe Atlanta produces theater at the level of New York.

From the moment Nicolette Emanuelle (read our Kool Kat of the Week interview with her here) emerges, dressed almost only in an accordion, and belts out the eponymous song, “Mack the Knife” in deep, guttural tones, the visceral, unrelenting tone is set. Let’s say definitively that this ain’t Bobby Darin’s homogenized hit. One can’t help but be reminded of CABARET though that was written much later,. The comparison is appropriate given that while the setting is London, Brecht conceived THREEPENNY in Weimar Germany with a jazz-influenced soundtrack.



by Daniel Lamb September 13, 2016

courtesy of StunGun photography

courtesy of StunGun photography

7Stages’ production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Threepenny Opera” opens their 2015-16 season right. What 7Stages accomplishes is a really cohesive production that is a lot of fun to watch. The result is solidly within Brecht’s voice of social and economic critique, somewhere in between the worlds of silent film and vaudeville.

Jed Drummond’s piano renditions of Kurt Weill’s score are part of the heartbeat of the play, and there’s a synergy between the actors and the music that Drummond supports without missing a beat. Nicolette Emmanuel’s vocal and accordion work is superb. She embodies a menacing vaudevillian persona as she sings “Mack the Knife” through the chrome microphone.


Atlanta Retro

Kool Kat of the Week: A Chanteuse and a Cello: Atlanta Newcomer Nicolette Emanuelle Channels Kate Bush and Nick Cave at Kavarna on Sun. Oct. 28          

By Anya Martin, Atlanta Retro  October 24th, 2012

An Evening with Nicolette Emanuelle is an intimate concert by an intriguing new Atlantan on Sunday evening at Oakhurst coffee shop/wine bar Kavarna on Sun. Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. The singer/songwriter/burlesque performer hasn’t been in Atlanta long, but she’s already made her mark with a volatile voice and songwriting style that’s been compared to Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey. Our Retro heart, though, beats to another side of Nicolette – the influence of Kate Bush and Nick Cave. She has a passionate love for the piano and even more for the cello. She had the chutzpah to apply for and score a grant to produce her first rock album, as well as a striking look and a fearlessness in revealing costumes that has been drawing attention at local club events. Oh, and she says she gives great hugs! Needless to say we were just curious enough to make her Kool Kat of the Week! 



Charlotte: Music Blog

Review: Nicolette Emanuelle @ The Evening Muse
By Jeff Hahne, Creative Loafing Charlotte January 6, 2009

Nicolette Emanuelle opened up the early show with a fantastic piano-driven set. She often draws comparisons to Tori Amos, though her themes may come across a little darker. With only a drummer to back her, Emanuelle delighted with her talents on the keyboard, vocals and in songwriting. She’d even go back out to perform a few songs on cello with the next act.


Skirt Magazine

“Nicolette Emanuelle | Singer/Songwriter
By Aleigh Acerni, Thursday, May 8, 2008

Nicolette got an early Christmas present last year; news from the Arts & Science Council that she’d been awarded a $5,000 grant to record, market, and distribute an album of her original music—a dream come true.

Although she’s been playing the cello and piano since she was a child, it took Nicolette a while to be comfortable performing her own music, and it’s something she still struggles with. “It’s really personal to me. I spent a long time only playing for myself,” she says. “My music is like my outlet.”

Her sound, reminiscent of Tori Amos and Nick Cave, is genuine; all of the songs on the upcoming album can be performed on stage.

Nicolette will be spending this month finishing her album, celebrating with a release party at Snug Harbor on July 11. “I’m excited about my music,” she says. “This is me learning how to do it.”


Creative Loafing: Vibes, The Music Blog

By John Schacht,  Sat, Jan 3, 2009

Nicolette Emanuelle A gifted pianist and cellist (most notably in Buschovski), Emanuelle’s ASC grant-funded debut, Pinafore, dropped earlier this year, and resides between PJ Harvey’s smoldering heat and Kate Bush’s (early) off-kilter cool. You’ll hear Tori Amos’ and Fionna Apple’s names tossed around as influences, too, but there’s a good dose of Nick Cave’s ethos in Emanuelle’s darker songs and literate narratives. With the Hothouse Heftones at the early show.