Arts for All Appeal

Performance dates & times

Wednesday 23 Mar
7:30 PM
Thursday 24 Mar
7:30 PM
Friday 25 Mar
7:30 PM
Saturday 26 Mar
1:00 PM, 7:30 PM

Running Time 2 hours, plus one interval

Price range

Buy two or more shows and save 20%

$35.00 - $104.00
$35.00 - $96.00*
$35.00 - $100.00
30 & Under

Additional Tickets

$35.00 - $117.00
$39.00 - $130.00
$39.00 - $120.00*
$39.00 - $125.00
30 & Under

*Concession applies to valid health card/pensioner cardholders, full time student cardholders and MEAA Cardholders.

America, 1919. Gangsters, the Salvation Army, and an unlikely love story.

Premiering a year after their landmark hit The Threepenny Opera, Kurt Weill, Bertolt Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann’s anti-capitalist musical comedy tells the unlikely love story of gangster Bill Cracker and Salvation Army Lieutenant Lillian Holiday. Happy End roars with Weill’s musical genius and charismatic jazz style; boasting some of Weill and Brecht’s most iconic songs – ‘Surabaya Johnny’ and ‘The Bilbao Song’.

The first of Victorian Opera’s triptych of Weill’s musicals, this new production reunites director Matthew Lutton and musical director Phoebe Briggs following their triumphant 2017 collaboration on Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs’ The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets.

Witness a remarkable ensemble in this rarely staged gem of the 20th century.


Your safety and wellbeing

You will be required to provide vaccination status proof at the point of entry. Face masks are required indoors for people aged 8 years and over. Our venues are operating at their maximum allowable capacity so you may be seated next to other patrons. Read more about our COVIDSafe measures

Book with confidence

For tickets booked through Arts Centre Melbourne, if a performance is cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, you can receive a full refund. Tickets can also be exchanged for another performance date, subject to availability.


Creative Team

Kurt Weill
Bertolt Brecht
Elisabeth Hauptmann
English Adaptation
Michael Feingold
Phoebe Briggs
Matthew Lutton
Set and Costume Designer
Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer
Paul Jackson
Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra


Kurt Kansley, Lucy Maunder, Ali McGregor, Jennifer Vuletic, Ras-Samuel Welda’abzgi & Raphael Wong

  • Victorian Opera

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