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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.


Now Playing Onstage in Casper - Week of 11/06/2016
by BWW - Nov 6, 2016

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Blue Hill Troupe Presents Gilbert & Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

The Blue Hill Troupe, now in its 93rd season, offers a fresh new take on Gilbert & Sullivan's 'The Pirates of Penzance.' This perennial audience favorite tells the story of a pirate named Frederic, who at the age of 21, has completed his apprenticeship and is ready to seek his fortune as an upstanding citizen. Opens Nov. 11, 2016. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Present All-New Co-Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 59th season with the Lyric Opera debut co-production of Mozart's masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro November 5, 9, 11 and 13 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)


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BWW's On This Day - November 24, 2016
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Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House MFA Acting Ensemble to Star in CLYBOURNE PARK
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

The Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland Play House (CWRU/CPH) MFA Acting Program will open its 2016 - 2017 season in December with the multi-award-winning Clybourne Park. (more...)

The Atlanta Opera Presents FROM OPERA TO OPRY, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

The Atlanta Opera will present the first-ever production of From Opera to Opry: Liquor, Love and the Lord on Wednesday, December 7 at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse. The concert event, in collaboration with ADA Ovations, will feature renowned professional opera singers... as well as the bluegrass and country stylings of Cletus McHatfield and the McHatfield Fambly Singers. The evening will include an entertaining blend of country music, bluegrass, opera arias, and humor that gets right to the heart of the striking similarity between the themes and inspiration that drove both legendary opera composers and iconic country songwriters to write the music that speaks to us all. (more...)

LES MISERABLES To Premiere In The Middle East Tonight Featuring Australian Performers
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Cameron Mackintosh's production of Boublil & Schonberg's legendary musical LES MISERABLES will have its Middle East premiere at Dubai Opera, situated in the heart of Downtown Dubai on 15 November 2016. The much-loved and critically acclaimed show will open the city's first purpose-built performing arts theatre. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Co. & Shakespeare & Co. Take Top Honors at First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 14, 2016

It was appropriate that two-time Tony Award winner William Finn was present at The First Annual Berkshire Theatre Award ceremony held in Pittsfield MA. on  Sunday November 13th. Mr. Finn won a Tony for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which was home grown up in The Berkshires at Barrington Stage Company. Although he didn't have any work in contention for the prestigious award, Finn did accept a few 'Berkies' for some artists who could not receive their awards in person. (more...)

Broadway Talent Helps Barrington Stage Company Sweep 1st Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Nov 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, swept the First Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards last night, winning 20 out of possible 25 awards. Winners of the awards-nicknamed "The Berkies"-were first announced on Monday, October 17, 2016, and awards were presented Sunday, November 13 at a ceremony held at Mr. Finn's Cabaret (36 Linden St) in Pittsfield, MA. (more...)

MasterVoices to Present Bach's ST. JOHN PASSION at Carnegie Hall This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), celebrating its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, presents St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach on February 9, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019). (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 8, 2017
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New Line Theatre to Present THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," has shocked the music world by discovering a long-lost first draft by the legendary British team of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan, who together wrote fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896. (more...)

BWW Review: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Turn THE MIKADO Topsy-Turvey
by Michael Dale - Jan 4, 2017

As the history books and Stephen Sondheim tell us, in 1853 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy, sailed to Japan on a mission to forcibly end the island empire's policy of national seclusion and establish trade with America. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces Finalists For CONCERT OF ARIAS on Facebook Live
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen eight finalists for the 29th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, to be presented in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Theater Center on January 27, at 7 p.m. (more...)

Sarah Ball, Michael Feast and More Announced for Lyric Hammersmith's SEVENTEEN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for Seventeen. Sarah Ball will be playing Lizzy, Michael Feast will be playing Mike, Mike Grady will be playing Ronny, Diana Hardcastle will be playing Jess, Margot Leicester will be playing Emilia and Richard Cordery will be playing Tom. (more...)

Photo Coverage: GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Celebrates First Preview
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jan 27, 2017

Last night the creative team of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose celebrated after it's first preview and BroadwayWorld was there. (more...)

MasterVoices Celebrates 75 Years With St. John Passion by Bach, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), celebrating its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, presents St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach on February 9, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019).  The production will be conducted by MasterVoices' Artistic Director Ted Sperling and will feature the MasterVoices chorus, Michael Slattery, Jesse Blumberg, Adam Lau, Jennifer Zetlan, Tamara Mumford, Ben Bliss,and Daniel Okulitch,with New York Baroque Incorporated. (more...)

GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE, Starring Ed Dixon, Begins Tomorrow Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Producers Martin Platt and David Elliott with Mary Cossette, Jamie deRoy, Riki Kane Larimer, Richard Winkler, and Mike Blank, present the New York premiere of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, the new play written by and starring Ed Dixon (Sunset Boulevard, LES MISERABLES) with direction by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). (more...)

HENRY AND ALICE GO INTO THE WILD American Debut and More Set for Park Square Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

Park Square Theatre is gearing up for its next season with world, American and Midwest premieres in a season that will showcase the Twin Cities diversity and talent. (more...)

Lyric Opera Kansas City Presents EXPLORATIONS Series With THE JULIET LETTERS, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

The inaugural Explorations series continues with Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters, Jan. 28 and 29 at the Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building at the Richard J. Stern Opera Center.Explorations features eclectic programs in intimate spaces, with programming that crosses musical borders and experiments with a wide range of lyrical expression. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Philadelphia Awards Winners Announced - The Media Theatre Wins Big With BILLY ELLIOT and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 16, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 75 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 Philadelphia winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

JUST KEEPIN' TIME at Dorothy's Piano Bar
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

Dorothy's Piano Bar and Cabaret presents Jenny Shotwell in Just Keepin' Time, an Evening at the Cabaret. Saturday, January 21 at 7 p.m. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld St. Petersburg/Tampa Awards Winners Announced - Scott Daniel, Diana Rogers and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 10, 2017

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 75 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2016 St. Petersburg winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

BWW Interview: Simon Gleeson On Playing Jean Valjean In LES MISERABLES
by Marianka Swain - Feb 9, 2017

Australian actor Simon Gleeson's extensive musical theatre credits include Far Pavilions, Eureka, Mamma Mia! and Love Never Dies. He's currently starring as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 5, 2017
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BWW's On This Day - February 4, 2017
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Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 4 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Cast Complete for Barrow Group's New Adaptation of ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

The Barrow Group has announced complete casting for the second show in their 2016/17 season, Henrik Ibsen's ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, in a new adaptation by Seth Barrish and K. Lorrel Manning. (more...)

LA MAMA Will Present THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot will receive a rare New York revival this spring at The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa (66 East 4th Street) with previews beginning March 9th, 2017 for a limited Off-Broadway engagement through March 26th.  Opening Night is set for Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7pm. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the English National Opera
by Roy Tan - Feb 14, 2017

Let's get this straight. The pirates, who take pity on orphans, are really peers of the realm. The 21-year-old, who has sworn to put them behind bars, is really only five. And the policemen, whose lot is not a happy one, are really, really hopeless at foiling felonsÂ… (more...)

Estelle Parsons to Helm THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT at La MaMa This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot will receive a rare New York revival this spring at The Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa (66 East 4th Street) with previews beginning March 9th, 2017 for a limited Off-Broadway engagement through March 26th.  Opening Night is set for Monday, March 13, 2017 at 7pm. (more...)

Melbourne Opera Presents Gilbert and Sullivan's Comic Opera H.M.S. PINAFORE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Melbourne Opera is bringing Gilbert & Sullivan (G&S) hilarity back to Melbourne, with a new production of H.M.S. Pinafore gallivanting onto The Athenaeum stage from 14 March. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, London Coliseum
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Feb 12, 2017

It is no secret that acclaimed film director Mike Leigh has a passion for Gilbert and Sullivan; his 1999 film Topsy-Turvy was an outright celebration of them and their music. In this first revival of his version of Pirates of Penzance, Leigh maintains and expands on that celebratory spirit in a colourful and vivacious production at the London Coliseum. (more...)

The McGill Savoy Society to Present THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Opening Tonight Through 2/18
by Noelle Hannibal - Feb 10, 2017

The McGill Savoy Society will be presenting Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance  at Moyse Hall, McGill Arts Building, 555 Sherbrooke Street West from February 10, 2017 through February 18, 2017. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham and Christopher Fitzgerald Will March Into MasterVoices' BABES IN TOYLAND This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

As previously announced, MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), closes its 75th anniversary season with Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland on April 27, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019). (more...)

Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Christine Andreas & Faith Prince to Bring 4 GIRLS 4 to Mayo Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Four dynamic, award-winning Broadway musical stars -- Andrea McArdle (Broadway's original 'Annie'), Maureen McGovern (#1 Gold record 'The Morning After'), Christine Andreas (Oklahoma!, On Your Toes) and Faith Prince (Tony winner Guys & Dolls) -- come together in concert for an evening of song, laughter and memories in 4 Girls 4, coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8 pm. (more...)

MasterVoices Presents ST. JOHN PASSION At Carnegie Hall, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), celebrating its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, presents St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach on February 9, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019). (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 31, 2016
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Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artists Win International Awards
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2016

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced that two Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artists have won international awards. (more...)


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Theatre De La Salle Drops Anchor in April with 65th Anniversary Revival of its First-Ever Musical!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2016

Our ship has set sail and we'll be dropping anchor in April 2017 when Theatre De La Salle proudly presents Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance - the original swashbuckling blockbuster...with a twist! (more...)

BWW Review: 16 for 2016 - The Best Shows and Performances of the Year in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Area
by Peter Nason - Dec 27, 2016

We surely needed theatre as a tonic for the horrors that defined 2016; here are the best of the best shows in the Bay Area. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Kicking off The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's 2017 Mainstage Season, The Pirates of Penzance will run from January 20th through March 11th, with performances every Friday and Saturday evening, and matinees on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sunday of each month. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Kevin Laughon
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 2, 2016

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BWW Review: The Top-Ten Plays and Musicals of 2016
by Justin J Sacramone - Dec 19, 2016

Regional Contributing Editor, Justin picks his top ten best plays and musicals of 2016. (more...)

Johann Strauss Operetta DIE FLEDERMAUS to Play Light Opera Works This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Light Opera Works presents the Johann Strauss operetta DIE FLEDERMAUS (in English) with a 30-piece orchestra, December 26, 2016- January 1, 2017, at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston. (more...)

GEORGIE: MY ADVENTURES WITH GEORGE ROSE Headed Off-Broadway in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Producers Martin Platt and David Elliott with Mary Cossette, Jamie deRoy, Richard Winkler, and Mike Blank will present the New York premiere of the critically acclaimed Signature Theatre production of Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose, the new play written by and starring Ed Dixon (Sunset Boulevard, LES MISERABLES) with direction by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet). (more...)

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE to Open Way Off Broadway's 2017 Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

Earlier this year, producers for The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, the area's only year-round producing dinner theatre, announced the lineup of shows for its 2017 Season. Kicking off 2017's blockbuster year, will be the hilarious pirate farce, The Pirates of Penzance, opening in January. (more...)

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