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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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NYGASP Presents Gilbert & Sullivan's IOLANTHE This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2015

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, America's preeminent professional Gilbert & Sullivan repertory company, kicks off its 41st season with the political fairytale IOLANTHE (this weekend, November 7 & 8) at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place). The seventh collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, IOLANTHE is certainly not politics as usual! The affairs of state in fairyland take center stage and the tasty tunes take wing along with the non-stop hilarity. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 7, 2015
by - Nov 7, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 7 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Vancouver Opera to Premiere DARK SISTERS, 11/26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

Vancouver, BC ~  Religious and political tension, media hysteria and the lives of six women facing threats to their children, their family and the only way of life they've ever known are at the heart of Dark Sisters, Nico Muhly's opera about life in a fundamentalist community. Vancouver Opera stages the Canadian premiere of this astounding work at the Vancouver Playhouse from November 26 - December 12, 2015. (more...)

MasterVoices to be Honored by the Martina Arroyo Foundation at 11th Annual Gala - 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

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NY Gilbert & Sullivan to Present IOLANTHE at NYU Skirball, 11/7-8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, America's preeminent professional Gilbert & Sullivan repertory company, kicks off its 41st season with the political fairytale Iolanthe (November 7 & 8) at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place). The seventh collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, Iolanthe is certainly not politics as usual! The affairs of state in fairyland take center stage and the tasty tunes take wing along with the non-stop hilarity. (more...)

J. Bernard Calloway to Star in DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2015

BroadwayWorld can officially report the complete cast and creative team for The Old Globe's 18th annual production of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, starring J. Bernard Calloway in the title role! (more...)

Lena Hall, Marieann Meringolo & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

This week FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visitwww.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Riverside Opera Company to Present GIVING THANKS FOR GREAT SINGING, 11/21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

The Riverside Opera Company (ROC) continues its 16th season on Saturday, November 21, 8 p.m. at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden with its PoPera Giving Thanks for Great Singingmusical feast featuring Bizet and Verdi alongside Broadway and Pop favorites. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with THE COCOANUTS' Ann Michels
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Nov 27, 2015

Whether she's in the lead role or in the chorus of the latest musical, Ann Michels is a Twin Cities actor/singer who stands out and who finds a connection with her audiences. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 24, 2015
by - Nov 24, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 24 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Pacific Symphony to Perform NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS, 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Nov. 23, 2015—Children's eyes are sure to light up when beautiful ballerinas dance and twirl to Tchaikovsky's charming and imaginative music for Pacific Symphony's annual “Nutcracker for Kids,” led by the Symphony's new Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia and featuring the Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT). The most popular concert of the Symphony's Family Musical Mornings series, presented by Farmers and Merchants Bank, this holiday concert brings to life the enchanted world of toy soldiers, waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy in a 50-minute version of the famous ballet adapted especially for children ages 5 and above. The orchestra performs the ballet's most famous moments including “Clara and the Nutcracker,” “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “A Pine Forest in Winter.” Family-favorite actress Stephanie Draude (“A Sherlock Holmes Halloween” and “Superheroes”) joins in as elf Clementine Sparkletoes to help narrate the story told through music and dance. And to top off this festive holiday tradition—Santa Claus makes a special appearance with his young “Elves in Training,” along with Miss Sparkletoes, to lead the audience in a merry sing-along! (more...)

Pacific Symphony and Festival Ballet Theatre to Present NUTCRACKER FOR KIDS, 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

Children's eyes are sure to light up when beautiful ballerinas dance and twirl to Tchaikovsky's charming and imaginative music for Pacific Symphony's annual 'Nutcracker for Kids,' led by the Symphony's new Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia and featuring the Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT). (more...)

Seth Golay Stars in BUYER & CELLAR at Unicorn Theatre This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

BUYER & CELLAR is an outrageous new one-man comedy about an out of work actor who signs up to take on the oddest of odd-jobs: the only shopkeeper in the private shopping mall beneath Barbra Streisand's Malibu mansion. Will she get him his big break? Or will life with the demanding diva try his patience and his love life? This campy comedy, directed by Darren Sextro, features KC's favorite Bat Boy, Seth Golay as Alex More. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Picks for November 23-29, Featuring Lena Hall, Telly Leung, and More!
by Louisa Brady - Nov 22, 2015

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Telly Leung: Songs For You CD Release; Ann Hampton Callaway Celebrates Women Songwriters; Lena Hall: The Villa Satori - Growing up Haight Ashbury; Laurie Beechman Tribute at the Metropolitan Room; and Sondheim Unplugged. (more...)

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players to Present THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) swashbuckles its way back to Greenwich Village for its popular perennial family favorite The Pirates of Penzance at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place) Dec. 26 - Jan. 2. (more...)

Margaret Colin, Johanna Day & More Board Arena Stage's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces select cast members for the upcoming 2016 productions of Sweat, The City of Conversation and All the Way. (more...)

Melville Theatre to Celebrate 30 Years of Musicals with New Retrospective
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

MELVILLE Theatre is celebrating more than 30 years of staging musicals this November and December with a special retrospective taking in some of its most popular productions. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 11/17/15- Brent Carver
by Stage Tube - Nov 17, 2015

Happy Birthday Brent Carver! Carver is best known for his performances on Broadway in Kiss of the Spider Woman as Molina, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in 1993, Fiddler on the Roof, and Parade as Leo Frank. Carver originated the role of Gandalf in the Toronto stage production of The Lord of the Rings and has appeared in several Soulpepper Theatre Company productions such as The Wild Duck, Don Carlos and the Pirate King in the 1985 production of The Pirates of Penzance. (more...)

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players to Bring 'A LITTLE TWIST!' to Feinstein's/54 Below, 12/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Mark your calendar for the One-Night Only event: I've Got A Little TWIST!: Gilbert & Sullivan Meets Broadway on Tuesday, December 1 (9:30PM) at Broadway's Favorite Supper Club, Feinstein's / 54 Below (254 West 54th Street ~ btw. 7th & 8th Avenues)! (more...)

Melville Theatre Presents Musical Revue Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2015

MELVILLE Theatre is celebrating more than 30 years of staging musicals this November and December with a special retrospective taking in some of its most popular productions. (more...)

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Perform in Basilica Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

MILWAUKEE, WIS. 10/19/2015- The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of Francesco Lecce-Chong, present MSO at the Basilica tonight and tomorrow, November 13 & 14, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Josaphat. (more...)

J. Bernard Calloway Stars in DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, Opening Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

The Old Globe's 18th annual production of DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, starring J. Bernard Calloway in the title role, opens tonight, November 12, 2015 and will run through December 26th. (more...)

David Hyde Pierce, Lauren Worsham, Bryce Pinkham and Hal Cazalet to Lead NYFOS Gilbert & Sullivan Spring 2016 Gala
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that New York Festival of Song has set a starry, Broadway-filled cast for its 2016 spring gala, Topsy Turvy: The NYFOS Guide to Gilbert & Sullivan. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/8/16- PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Stage Tube - Jan 8, 2016

Today in 1981, Joe Papp's revival of The Pirates of Penzance opened at the Uris Theatre, where it ran for 787 performances. The Pirates of Penzance is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The opera's official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on 31 December 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. Pirates was the fifth Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration and introduced the much-parodied Major-General's Song. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 8, 2016
by - Jan 8, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 8 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 5, 2016
by - Jan 5, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 5 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

LITTLE WOMEN to Make Company Premiere at Madison Opera This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

Madison Opera presents the company premiere of Mark Adamo's LITTLE WOMEN on Friday, February 5 and Sunday, February 7 in the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center for the Arts. (more...)

ON THE TOWN Team to Helm 'PENZANCE' as Part of Barrington Stage's 2016 Season; New Musical by Joe Iconis with Annie Golden & More Also on Tap
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

The 2016 season at BSC will include the world premieres of two new musicals - Jonathan Larson Award winning composer Joe Iconis's Broadway Bounty Hunter and Presto Change-O, directed by Marc Bruni of Broadway's Beautiful The Carole King Musical, BroadwayWorld has learned. (more...)

PIRATES OF PENZANCE to Run 2/11-3/6 at Marian Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General await you in Gilbert & Sullivan's (G&S) effervescent musical masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance, playing February 11 through March 6 in Santa Maria's Marian Theatre. (more...)

BANANAMAN Musical in Development
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Bananaman the Musical will mark the live action debut of the Man-of-Peel. A hero who has 'the muscles of 20 men and the brain of 20 mussels'. Bananaman is a unique member of the superhero ranks. Our handsome hero may have a jaw line you can see from space and sport the snazziest of tight lycra outfits, but he's not the sharpest tool in the box. In fact, he doesn't even know where the box is. (more...)

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players to Bring PIRATES OF PENZANCE to MPAC, 2/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2016

Swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens and more engage in the rollicking romp The Pirates of Penzance, performed by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 8 pm. Tickets are $29-69. (more...)

Maureen McGovern to Headline Garden Theatre Gala This March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

The Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street) is pleased to announce its signature event, Garden Encore! presented by Orlando Health, March 4-6, 2016. What was once a one-night-only event in previous years, 2016's Garden Encore! features three days of celebration and entertainment, and welcomes Grammy Nominee and Broadway star Maureen McGovern, renowned musical entertainer John Charles, and the world-class talents of a cappella group, Vox Audio. (more...)

Eliza Leoni & Sharon Rietkerk to Bring 'Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall' to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

In 1962, Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett made history with their iconic TV special 'Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall.' They followed their smashing success with hit specials in 1971 and 1989. Now, they come to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one performance - Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. - as played by Sharon Rietkerk (Julie) and Eliza Leoni (Carol). Enjoy the very best of the duo's work in all three specials, including gorgeous medleys, relentless teasing, and full dance choruses (as performed by just two women on the Feinstein's stage). You'll feel like you're spending an evening with the icons - right down to their signature accents - in this hilarious celebration of lifelong friendship. With David Brown on piano. Tickets for Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall are $27.50 and available now by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

St. Ann's Warehouse to Present American Premiere of THE LAST HOTEL, 1/8/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

St. Ann's Warehouse will continue the inaugural season in its new waterfront theater with the American Premiere of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer-director Enda Walsh's thrilling new opera The Last Hotel, in a Landmark Productions / Wide Open Opera production. Singers Claudia Boyle, Robin Adams and Katherine Manley, actor Mikel Murfi, and an ensemble of New York's finest contemporary players, conducted alternately by André de Ridder and Alan Pierson, will deliver this “searingly powerful new chamber work” (The Guardian). Presented by St. Ann's Warehouse and co-presented withPROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now andIrish Arts Center, The Last Hotel comes to New York after tremendously acclaimed engagements at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Royal Opera House in London. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/8/2015 - Turner as 'Scrooge', PLAID TIDINGS, Brian Friel and More!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 8, 2015

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: Kathleen Turner makes history as 'Scrooge', PLAID TIDINGS starts off-Broadway, Broadway dims its lights for Brian Friel and more! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 6, 2015
by - Dec 6, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 6 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

NY Gilbert & Sullivan Announces Casting for THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at NYU Skirball Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2015

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) announces casting for its perennial favorite The Pirates of Penzance at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place) Dec. 26 - Jan. 2. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 31, 2015
by - Dec 31, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 31 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

English National Opera on Screen Coming to WHAT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2015

In response to a request for more opera, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater has added five broadcasts from English National Opera (ENO Screen) to its winter/spring calendar. ENO Screen's live cinema broadcasts are as distinctive as ENO's live work in the theatre, creating a unique cinematic experience for audiences across the globe. Multiple HD cameras provide unusual angles and close-up views of the action on stage and in the orchestra pit, giving a true cinematic experience for viewers. The five opera broadcasts at WHAT are: (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 30, 2015
by - Dec 30, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 30 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Ten Things Theatre Lovers Talked About In 2015, Aside From HAMILTON
by Michael Dale - Dec 25, 2015

Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash may have been the year's top theatre story, but 2015 was full of controversy and celebration. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 23, 2015
by - Dec 23, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Riverside Theatre to Stage A CHORUS LINE This January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

Riverside Theatre, led by Producing Artistic Director/CEO Allen D. Cornell and Managing Director/COO Jon R. Moses, present the ground-breaking, blockbuster musical, A CHORUS LINE, which performs on the Stark Stage from January 5 to 24, 2016. A CHORUS LINE is sponsored by Mrs. Bobbie Olsen and Riverside Theatre's Patron Producers' Group. (more...)

Cast Announced for East Coast Debut of Lynn Nottage's SWEAT at Arena Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

The new drama Sweat by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined; By The Way, Meet Vera Stark) comes to Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater following a critically-acclaimed debut at Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of a co-commission between the two theaters. Hailed by The New York Times as an 'extraordinarily moving drama' that 'brims with the kind of ripe, richly imagined life associated with the work of the great August Wilson,' the play is directed by Nottage's longtime collaborator Kate Whoriskey and runs January 15-February 21, 2016 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

BWW Interview: Opera in the Age of the iPhone, with Tomer Zvulun at The Atlanta Opera
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 18, 2015

“Often when I tell people I'm doing a new production, the first question they ask is: 'What time period are you going to do it in and where?' I think that's a superficial approach, almost a cliche,” says Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera. “The first thing I ask myself is: Why am I telling this story now? Why would the audience care? And, how would I connect with them in the most effect way while respecting the piece?” But that's not Tvulun's point of view. (more...)

BWW Review: BARITONES UNBOUND Soars to Entertaining, Lyrical Heights at the Royal George Theatre
by Rachel Weinberg - Dec 16, 2015

Equal parts self-congratulatory and self-deprecating--and wholly entertaining--the three-man show BARITONES UNBOUND pays homage to that elusive vocal part between the tenor and the bass: the titular baritone. Conceived by Marc Kudisch (who originated the role of Pastor Greg last spring in Broadway's Hand to God), and written by Kudisch, Merwin Foard, Jeff Matsey, and Timothy Splain, BARITONES UNBOUND traces the evolution of the baritone from the 18th century to the present, with fun quips and historical tidbits along the way. The show deftly follows the path of the baritone from Mozart's 1791 opera THE MAGIC FLUTE to the emergence of American musical theater with Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 OKLAHOMA! to present-day Broadway--with some popular music thrown in there, as well--all in under two hours. (more...)

Breaking! Cleveland Play House's LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Starring Lauren Molina, Announces Full Cast
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

Squeals of delight and blood-curdling screams of fright will fill the Allen Theatre as Cleveland Play House's (CPH) Centennial Season continues with a humorous and heartfelt production of Little Shop of Horrors. Hearkening back to its very first productions in 1915 that featured sophisticated marionettes, CPH is bringing the cheeky and blood-thirsty plant Audrey II to life in a production that will be every vocal coach's dream - and every hemophobic's worst nightmare! (more...)

Marin Mazzie, Well-Strung, Lena Hall & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below in Coming Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

This December and January, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at Feinstein's/54 Below and to purchase tickets, visitwww.54Below.com/Feinsteins.  (more...)

Richmond County Orchestra to Perform Free Holiday Celebration MISTLETOE AND MAGIC, 12/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Talented and accomplished young musicians perform, a tribute to the people of Paris along with Dragon Kim's Karate's performance to Beethoven's 5th and The New American Ballet's performance to the Nutcracker. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Conclude 2015 Adler Fellowship Season with 'THE FUTURE IS NOW' Gala, 12/12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

San Francisco Opera Center presents the culminating concert of the 2015 Adler Fellowship season, The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. (more...)

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