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No Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera boasts as many walk-away tunes as The Pirates of Penzance, the only collaboration of the pair to premiere on Broadway, and not in England. Building on the success of the previous year’s H.M.S. Pinafore, but trading—as their principal “serious” focus—the rigors of naval discipline for the obligations of duty, G&S manage to burlesque their normal share of popular institutions, including the army, the police, and operatic sopranos. Pirate apprentice Frederic, at age 21, has faithfully served out his indentures and, replete with a sense of duty, joins the police force, determined to exterminate his old mates. He falls in love with Mabel, the first girl he sees, but the daughter of Major-General Stanley, who himself is the target of a pirate revenge plot. Plans go awry when it is revealed that, thanks to a leap-day birth, Frederic is really only five and one-quarter years old. The engaging musical score includes some of the catchiest music in the G&S canon: Mabel’s pyrotechnic “Poor, wandering one;” the tongue-twisting patter song “I am the very model of a modern major-general;” “A policeman’s lot;” “Climbing over rocky mountain”—a survivor from Thespis, G&S’s lost first stage work; and “With catlike tread,” which, more than a quarter-century later, was given new words as “Hail, hail, the gang’s all here.” At The Egyptian Theatre.

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Rory Kinnear to Helm THE WINTER'S TALE as Part of ENO's 2016-17 Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

The English National Opera has announced its 2016/17 season, showcasing an extraordinary range of work -- from the return of beloved classics to exciting new productions and a world premiere. (more...)

DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards Announces Winners!
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Dallas Summer Musicals is a nonprofit organization committed to education, which led to begin the awards program patterned after Broadway's Tony Awards®. DSM High School Musical Theatre Awards brings stars, community celebrities, show business veterans and Dallas leaders together for an evening of celebration. (more...)

Porchlight Music Theatre's Final Installment of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY Set for 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

? Porchlight Music Theatre and Artistic Director Michael Weber are proud to announce the final 2015 - 16 installment of Chicago's hit new musical revue series, New Faces Sing Broadway. This edition, conceived and directed by Michael Weber and Chris Carter with music direction by Nick Sula, hosted by James Earl Jones II and featuring a cast of Chicago's hottest emerging artists, takes a journey through the best of Broadway's 1949 musical season via rare multi-media visuals, songs, trivia games and sing alongs in New Faces Sing Broadway 1949, Tuesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. at Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway. Tickets are $22, with no drink minimum and are available at or by calling 773.777.9884. (more...)

Sasha Regan's All-Male H.M.S. Pinafore to Embark on UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

The much-loved, highly-acclaimed all-male H.M.S. PINAFORE is embarking on an extensive UK Tour, running April - July 2016, to ensure no-one misses the boat. (more...)

Thrillpeddlers to Present 'THE UNTAMED STAGE' This Spring at The Hypnodrome
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Thrillpeddlers presents THE UNTAMED STAGE:, Weimar Berlin Kabarett, A New Musical by Scrumbly Koldewyn, running April 14 - May 28, 2016 (Thurs., Fri. & Sat. - 8:00 pm). Opening Night is set for Thurs., April 21, 2016 - 8:00 pm. (more...)

Met Opera Announces Finalists in Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Following yesterday's highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera's 2016 National Council Auditions, America's most prestigious vocal competition. The selected finalists, chosen by a panel of experts from the classical music industry, will compete on the Met stage on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. The winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000 and the prestigious-and potentially career-launching-title of National Council Auditions Winner. The Grand Finals Concert will feature Antony Walker conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as each finalist performs two arias. (more...)

VIDEO: Get Your Education! Genius Releases '9 Classic Rap References In HAMILTON'
by Michael Dale - Mar 7, 2016

The website famous for crowdsourced musical annotating demonstrates classics quoted by Lin-Manuel Miranda (more...)

THE LAST FIVE YEARS to Play MTC MainStage in Norwalk
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage, Fairfield County's award-winning professional theatre company, concludes its 2015/2016 season with the Drama Desk Award winning  'The Last Five Years' by Jason Robert Brown. Performances are April 8-24, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, at Music Theatre of Connecticut, 509 Westport Avenue (behind Nine West) in Norwalk, CT. Tickets range from $35-$55 and are available by calling 203.454.3883 or visiting (more...)

Seph Stanek to Host BROADWAY AT THE Y to Benefit Los Alamos Family YMCA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Curtains up! Los Alamos welcomes dynamic New York City performer Seph Stanek for two free concert events early next week to benefit the Los Alamos Family YMCA. (more...)

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, PIRATES OF PENZANCE and More Set for Lakewood Playhouse's 78th Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to announce its 78th season of shows! It's a season filled with laughter, mystery, literature, and stories that touch the heart. This year includes five premieres that have never been seen at the Lakewood Playhouse. (more...)

Nathaniel Hackmann, James Leo Ryan & Kathryn Porterfield to Star in TUTS' OLIVER!; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) has introduced the cast of Oliver! This classic comes to life on the stage from April 5 - 17, 2016 in Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Adds Marin Mazzie & Jason Danieley, LOVE LETTERS and More to 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announced today two additional productions for their 2016 season, in addition to two one-night-only special events. (more...)

NY Phil's Very Young People's Concerts to Conclude with ALLEGRO AND ADAGIO, 4/2-9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

The New York Philharmonic Very Young People's Concerts (VYPCs), for children ages 3 to 6, will conclude its 11th season Sunday, April 3, 2016, at 12:30 and 3:00 p.m. and Monday, April 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 24
by Audition Roundup - Jan 24, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 24, 2016 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

David Essex, Jimmy Nail and More Join Cast Of THE WAR OF THE WORLDS At Dominion
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Alongside the onscreen appearance of Liam Neeson and the onstage appearance of Jeff Wayne and his magnificent Black Smoke Band and ULLAdubULLA string orchestra, casting has now been announced for the World Stage Premiere of The War of The Worlds at the Dominion Theatre. (more...)

Thrillpeddlers to Welcome Return of CLUB INFERNO at The Hypnodrome
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Thrillpeddlers takes pleasure in announcing that due to sold-out houses in the Summer of 2015, they are bringing back CLUB INFERNO with 100 percent of the original cast for 5 weekends  -- 15 additional performances -- Feb. 4 - March 5, 2016 - (Thurs., Fri. & Sat. - 8:00 pm). Plus a Special Valentine's Day Performance on Sun., Feb. 14 - 8:00 pm. (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Perform Kid-Friendly PIRATES OF PENZANCE Concert, 2/6
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Orange County, Calif.—Jan. 19, 2016—Swashbuckling pirates, bumbling policemen, innocent young lovers and an eccentric major-general join in the boisterous fun for Pacific Symphony's next Family Musical Mornings presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank, “The Pirates of Penzance: Opera for Kids!” This campy, comedic morning featuring the popular comic operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan is sure to send kids off singing the catchy tunes by the famous duo. Favorite songs include “I am a Pirate King!” and “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General.” This production for kids, led by the Symphony's new Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia, is appropriate for all ages, but especially those ages 5-11. It includes costumes, scenic elements and projected visuals, and features both professional singers and talented students from Chapman University. The script was written and directed by Peter Atherton, and the role of the Pirate King is played by Symphony favorite, baritone David Stoneman. (more...)

John Tartaglia, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Josh Rhodes, Denis Jones & More Join Creative Teams for The Muny's 2016 Season! Tickets on Sale, 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

BroadwayWorld and The Muny announces today the directors, choreographers and music directors for the Muny's 2016 Season, which opens on June 13 with The Wizard of Oz. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 17
by Audition Roundup - Jan 17, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 17, 2016 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for UK Tour of CHICAGO - Sophie Carmen-Jones, Neil Ditt and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Full casting has been announced for the international award-winning musical CHICAGO, which opens a national tour at the New Theatre Oxford on Friday 12 February 2016. Joining the previously announced John Partridge as Billy Flynn, Hayley Tamaddon as Roxie Hart and Sam Bailey as Mama Morton will be Sophie Carmen-Jones as Velma Kelly, Neil Ditt as Amos Hart and A.D. Richardson as Mary Sunshine. Tour schedule below with further dates to be announced. (more...)

Tarragon to Stage New Kat Sandler Play MUSTARD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Tarragon Theatre presents the world premiere of Mustard, a darkly comic fairytale by one of Toronto's hottest and most prolific young playwrights and directors, Kat Sandler, in her debut work for the company. This whimsical production about a mother and daughter navigating life after divorce is directed byAshlie Corcoran, who now helms her second work for Tarragon (the first was the Tarragon-Theatre Smash co-production of The Ugly One two seasons ago). Mustardpreviews from February 2, opens February 10 and runs to March 13 in Tarragon's Extraspace. (more...)

Cynthia Dale and Matthew Armet to Bring ROAD TO OPENING Blog Series to BroadwayWorld
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

BroadwayWorld Toronto is thrilled to announce that following the success of our 'Road to Opening' blog series last year by Stephanie Rothenberg and Sara Farb - The Stratford Festival and BroadwayWorld will bring the series back this year with two new bloggers!Beginning Monday February 22nd BroadwayWorld readers will get a behind the scenes look at The Festival's (more...)

Bonnie Langford to Perform at The Hippodrome in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Club 11 London and The Hippodrome Casino are pleased to bring you An Evening With Bonnie Langford at 8pm, 31st March 2016 at The Hippodrome. The night will see Bonnie singing songs and telling stories alongside some to-be-announced special guests. Langford will be accompanied by the Winston Rollins Band with musical direction by Anthony England. (more...)

VIDEO: It's Leap Day! Happy Birthday To Frederic of Penzance!
by Michael Dale - Feb 29, 2016

The occurrence of February 29th every four years inspired one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most comical plot twists. (more...)

Grand 1894 Opera House Presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE This April
by Louisa Brady - Feb 28, 2016

The Grand 1894 Opera House presents The Pirates of Penzance, presented by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8 pm. Tickets may be purchased at The Grand's Box Office, 2020 Postoffice Street, by calling 409.765.1894, 800.821.1894, or online at (more...)

Great Grand Nephew of Sir Arthur Sullivan Set for New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

America's Preeminent Gilbert & Sullivan Repertory Ensemble, The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' 2016 Gala, is slated for Sunday, March 13 (4PM) at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street) featuring a performance of their award winning cabaret I've Got a Little Twist! VIP Experience includes a special pre-show lecture by Scott Hayes - great grand nephew of Sir Arthur Sullivan, plus hors d'oeuvres, drinks, a live auction and more. (more...)

Kit Harington-starring DOCTOR FAUSTUS Announces Three-week Extension and Full Cast
by Marianka Swain - Feb 26, 2016

Due to unprecedented demand, the Jamie Lloyd Company's production of Doctor Faustus will extend its run at the Duke of York's Theatre by three weeks. Full casting has also been announced, with Jenna Russell taking the role of Mephistopheles. Jade Anouka (Wagner), Tom Edden (Good Angel), Danielle Flett (Valdes), Brian Gilligan (Cornelius), Forbes Masson (Lucifer), Craig Stein (Evil Angel) and ensemble member Gabby Wong join Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), who plays the title role. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 2/24/2016 - HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, BILLY ELLIOT on Tour and More!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 24, 2016

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: HOLD ON TO ME DARLING starts off-Broadway and BILLY ELLIOT heads across the UK! (more...)

Wagner College Theatre's IOLANTHE Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

The award-winning Wagner College Theatre presents a reimagined production of Gilbert & Sullivan's topsy-turvy musical Iolanthe from February 24-March 6, 2016 in the Main Hall Theatre. (more...)

Broadhollow Theatre Company Presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE This Spring
by Louisa Brady - Feb 20, 2016

A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General.  Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. A fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic operas.  (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 19, 2016
by - Feb 19, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Exclusive: Inside Stratford's First A CHORUS LINE Rehearsal
by Alan Henry - Feb 17, 2016

BroadwayWorld has exclusive photos from inside the first rehearsal of A CHORUS LINE at The Stratford Festival! The company began rehearsals yesterday, February 16. A CHORUS LINE is a stunning musical-verite about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. (more...)

BWW Feature: A Brief History of Musicals Performing at the Grammy Awards
by Allison Pichowicz - Feb 14, 2016

On February 15, 2016 HAMILTON will perform its opening number live at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Only eight musicals (nine, if you count RIVERDANCE) have had this honor since the first Grammy Award ceremony in 1959. HAMILTON will make history, yet again, as the first show to perform via satellite during the ceremony; while the ceremony is at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, the cast will be performing on their set at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. (more...)

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Will Bring I'VE GOT A LITTLE TWIST to the Morris Museum
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Join us at the Morris Museum as we celebrate the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in American musical theater. The Morris Museum is pleased to present a production of New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' I've Got a Little Twist on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00PM in the Bickford Theatre. (more...)

OSF to Open 2016 Season with TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival will launch its 81st year with preview performances beginning on February 19, and the season officially kicking off Friday night, February 26 in the Angus Bowmer Theatre with Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (director, Christopher Liam Moore). (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 9, 2016
by - Apr 9, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre to Close 2015-16 Season with MAN OF LA MANCHA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Bristol Riverside Theatre concludes its 2015-2016 season daring audiences to "dream the impossible dream" with the ever-popular musical Man of La Mancha running May 10-June 5.  With music by Mitch Leigh, lyrics by Joe Darion, and book by Dale Wasserman, the production is directed by Keith Baker and features the triumphant return of Gypsy star Robert Newman, joined by Sharon Alexander, Julian Brightman, Lauren Cupples, Robert Farruggia, Tamra Hayden, Christopher Roche, Danny Rutigliano, Dwayne Alistair Thomas, and Danny Vaccaro.  The cast is supplemented by the ensemble of Rajeer Alford, Daniel Bontempo, Elena Camp, Will Connell, Stephan Dagrosa, John DiFerdinando, Adam Hoyak, Kevin Murray, and Victor Rodriguez. (more...)

BWW Review: Broadway Divas and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Bring Girl Power to the Strathmore
by Vanessa Michaud - Apr 4, 2016

Talented vocalists Christina Bianco, N'Kenge, Kristen Plumley, and Mandy Gonzalez, in conjunction with Jack Everly and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, headlined the concert of classic songs from the Great White Way to honor some of the most beloved Broadway divas and musicals of our time at the Music Center at Strathmore. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 3, 2016
by - Apr 3, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

2016 Blumey Awards Nominations Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Blumenthal Performing Arts is pleased to announce the 72 nominees - six each in 12 categories - competing in the 5th Annual High School Musical Theater Awards, also known as The Blumey Awards, presented by Wells Fargo on Sunday, May 22, in Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Pasadena Symphony and POPS' 2016 Concert Under the Stars to Return to City Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Stars of stage and screen will illuminate the night sky when the Pasadena Symphony and POPS presents its annual free Music Under the Stars concert on Saturday, May 14 at Pasadena City Hall's Centennial Square. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with Guthrie HARVEY's David Kelly
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Apr 25, 2016

David Kelly debuts at the Guthrie Theater as Elwood P. Dowd in HARVEY. Learn a bit more about him and his thoughts on this old-school show on the Guthrie's Wuertle Thrust Stage, playing through May 15. (more...)

Skylight Music Theatre's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Opens 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Skylight Music Theatre presents the Gilbert & Sullivan favorite, The Pirates of Penzance from Friday, May 20 through Sunday, June 12, 2016. (more...)

Boston-Area Playwrights to Workshop New Pieces This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Artists from Suburbia, a new community-based theatre initiative and proud member of the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters, announces three local playwrights as the winners of its Perspectives Playwriting Competition. Their one-act plays will be workshopped June 15 and 16, culminating in an evening of staged readings on June 17 at 7 p.m. at the East Bridgewater Public Library. The event will be free and open to the public. (more...)

MMT's LEAP OF FAITH to Bring Miracles and Praise to New Century Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Minneapolis Musical Theatre (MMT) concludes its 2015-2016 season with LEAP OF FAITH makings its area debut April 29-May 22, 2016 at Hennepin Theatre Trust's New Century Theatre. (more...)

BWW TV: What's On at Barrington Stage Company This Summer? Will Swenson, Scarlett Strallen & More Preview the Season!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 17, 2016

Some of the casts just previewed the season at Feinsetin's/54 Below and BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from inside the special event below! (more...)

Fulton Theatre to Present Re-Invented GHOST: THE MUSICAL, 4/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

 The "nationally regarded" Fulton Theatre and Maine State Music Theatre present the exclusive premiere of the new chamber version of Ghost: The Musical through May 14 (Performances at Maine State Music Theatre are June 8 - June 25, 2016). The romantic and heart-wrenching story will feature a cast of 10, focusing on the central characters of the original story, with a 6 piece orchestra. New acoustic versions of the songs from the original Broadway production will include, "Unchained Melody," "Here Right Now,"  "Suspend My Disbelief - I Had a Life," and more! (more...)

SF Opera Lab to Present VOIGT LESSONS with Deborah Voigt, 5/6-8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

? SF Opera Lab presents the West Coast premiere of Voigt Lessons, starring soprano and musical personality Deborah Voigt with music direction by Kevin Stites, May 6 and 8, 2016 at the Taube Atrium Theater. The intimate and acclaimed one-woman show weaves songs and arias, ranging from music by the Carpenters to Strauss, into a vivid and moving account of the superstar soprano's life and career. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Will Swenson, Jarrod Spector, Michael Rupert & More Preview Barrington Stage Company's Summer Season!
by Walter McBride - Apr 14, 2016

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, just announced initial casting for the 2016 season. (more...)

Will Swenson, Scarlett Strallen, Kyle Dean Massey & More Set for Barrington Stage Company's Summer Season!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, is proud to announce initial casting for the 2016 season. (more...)

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