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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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Sasha Regan's All-Male THE MIKADO to Play Exeter Northcott Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Following the huge success of HMS Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance, Sasha Regan's all-male company returns to Exeter next month with The Mikado. (more...)

Lakewood Playhouse presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the FINAL SHOW of our 78th SEASON - THE PIRATES OF PENZNCE by W.S. GILBERT & ARTHUR SULLIVAN! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 6, 2017
by - May 6, 2017

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

Photo Coverage: York Theatre Company Celebrates Opening Night of MARRY HARRY
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 5, 2017

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, presents the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical Marry Harry, with book by Jennifer Robbins (Hudson River Blues) and music and lyrics by Dan Martin and Michael Biello (In My Body, The Cousins Grimm). Performances began April 25, 2017 at for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). BroadwayWorld is taking you inside opening night below! (more...)

Charles Court Opera and the King's Head Theatre Present THE MAGIC FLUTE
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

The King's Head Theatre's associate company, Charles Court Opera, returns after their successful and critically acclaimed, sell-out boutique pantomime Pinocchio last Christmas with The Magic Flute. Originally commissioned by the Iford Arts Festival, this limited five-week season is the London premiere and the first ever pub opera production of Mozart's fantastical tale. (more...)

Full Casting Announced for the Number One UK Tour of DEATHTRAP
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

Full casting for the UK tour of Ira Levin's Tony-nominated classic thriller Deathtrap includes Sam Phillips (Clifford), Beverly Klein (Helga ten Dorp) and Julien Ball (Porter). They join the previously announced TV stars Paul Bradley (Holby City and EastEnders) as Sidney Bruhl and BAFTA nominee Jessie Wallace (EastEnders and Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be) as Myra Bruhl. (more...)

John Lithgow, Will Swenson, Anika Noni Rose and More Sign on for The Public's 'HAIR TO HAMILTON' Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2017

The Public Theater announced additional casting today for The Public Theater's Annual Gala, HAIR TO HAMILTON, 50 Years of Revolutionary Musicals, on Monday, June 5 at the Delacorte Theater. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 26, 2017
by - May 26, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 26 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Lakewood Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the FINAL SHOW of their 78th SEASON - THE PIRATES OF PENZNCE by W.S. GILBERT & ARTHUR SULLIVAN! (more...)

Bergen County Players Presents STANDING ON CEREMONY THE GAY MARRIAGE PLAYS
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Bergen County Players (BCP) concludes its 84th season with a staged reading of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. Conceived by BCP alum Brian Shnipper and directed by Mark Rinis, this anthology of monologues and short plays began as a series of benefit events in Los Angeles, taking on a life of their own as an inspiring theatrical evening. The show will only run two nights, June 10 and 11 at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. Tickets may be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office during regular box office hours.  (more...)

Glitter and Be Gay at CANDIDE Opening 6/3 at Music Theatre Works
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) presents the Leonard Bernstein classic, CANDIDE, based on Voltaire's satire on the follies of the human race, at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, June 3 through 11. A 24-piece orchestra accompanies the well-known songs "Glitter and Be Gay," "The Best of All Possible Worlds" and "Make Our Garden Grow." (more...)

A Week To Go Until Those Liver Birds Take Flight Again In Special Concert Presentation!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Excitement is mounting for the world premiere of a new musical based on Carla Lane's much-loved BBC series The Liver Birds. (more...)

York Theatre Company Announces May Developmental Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series, will present staged readings of three new musicals. (more...)

Music Mountain Opens 88th Summer of Chamber & Twilight Music
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Chamber & Jazz music enthusiasts will want to mark their calendars for the start of Music Mountain's 88th Season! Music Mountain President, Nicholas Gordon announced America's oldest continuing summer chamber music festival will kick off on June 11th with a summer featuring Beethoven and favorite Piano Quintets! The Summer Season will also welcome the award-winning clarinetist Oskar Espina-Ruiz as the new Artistic Director for the organization. Concerts are scheduled through September 17th. (see full chamber & twilight music schedules below) (more...)

Thank You, Places...Production Stage Manager SHANNON SPENCER
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 18, 2017

What's a stage manager? What do they do? What's their job? Seriously. Perhaps no job in the theater is as hard to define as that of a production stage manager and it's that blend of mystery, fear and total dependence that makes actors, directors, crew members, producers - you name it! - hold a really great stage manager in total awe and to revile someone who is (how do you say it, without offending anyone?) less than stellar in their position? (more...)

Set Sail with the Swashbuckling Musical Comedy THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR, 5/26 - 6/17
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General are just a few of the characters dropping anchor at the corner of Franklin and First in Historic Downtown Clarksville. (more...)

Casting Announced For LIVER BIRDS FLYING HOME at Epstein Liverpool
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Casting is today announced for the world premiere of the new musical based on Carla Lane's beloved BBC series The Liver Birds. Taking on the iconic roles of Sandra and Beryl are Joanna Monro and Lesley Molony. (more...)

Brian d'Arcy James, Christopher Jackson, Phillipa Soo, Sydney Lucas and More Sign on for The Public's 'HAIR TO HAMILTON' Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

The Public Theater announced today that The Public Theater's Annual Gala, HAIR TO HAMILTON, 50 Years of Revolutionary Musicals, will take place on Monday, June 5 at the Delacorte Theater. (more...)

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, Starring Diana Huey, to Make a Splash Next Week at Pittsburgh CLO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO has joined forces with Kansas City Starlight to produce a 21-week tour of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, coming to the Benedum Center June 14-25. (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2017 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 8, 2017

The 71st Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 11th at 8/9c hosted by Kevin Spacey. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long awards season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize... (more...)

BWW TV: Watch The Public Tell Its Story at 'HAIR TO HAMILTON' Gala
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 6, 2017

Just last night, The Public Theater celebrated its Annual Gala, HAIR TO HAMILTON, 50 Years of Revolutionary Musicals, at the Delacorte Theater. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, with musical direction by Rob Fisher and Nadia DiGiallonardo, the 90-minute concert featured songs from The Public's most beloved and groundbreaking musicals performed by some of the most celebrated voices in theater. Below, check out highlights from the show, which featured tunes from Hamilton, HAIR, A Chorus Line, Fun Home, Runaways, The Pirates of Penzance, Caroline, or Change, Here Lies Love and more! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - June 3, 2017
by - Jun 3, 2017

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

BWW's On This Day - June 29, 2017
by - Jun 29, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on June 29 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces Lineup for the FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce the line-up of new musicals for their 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival will kick off on Wednesday, October 18 with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute. (more...)

Lineup Announced for NAMT's 2017 FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2017

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the line-up of new musicals for their 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival will kick off on Wednesday, October 18 with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute. (more...)

Center for the Arts at Pepperdine Announces its 2017-2018 Season of Performances
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2017

Critically-acclaimed country music artist Kellie Picker, legendary jazz musicians Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Grammy-winner Shawn Colvin, and two Legendary Ladies of Motown, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Martha Wilson & The Vandellas, are just a few of the artists set to appear at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University during its 2017-2018 season. (more...)

LAST DITCH PLAYLIST Premieres at Capital Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

How do you put back together a broken heart? Aaron searches for an answer to that question in Last Ditch Playlist, a new play by Brad Baron making its World Premiere as a part of the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival. (more...)

Casting Announced for New Line Theatre's 27th Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," announces its 27th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the St. Louis premiere of the four-woman rock opera LIZZIE, a very different take on the Lizzie Borden legend, running Sept. 28-Oct. 21, 2017; followed by Cole Porter's satiric masterpiece ANYTHING GOES, running March 1-24, 2018; and the St. Louis premiere of the world's first bio-historical musical comedy, YEAST NATION, written by the Urinetown team, running May 31-June 23, 2018. All New Line's mainstage shows will be in the company's home, the Marcelle Theater, in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Gilbert And Sullivan Austin
by Joni Lorraine - Jun 22, 2017

Since 1976 the Gilbert and Sullivan Austin has dedicated itself to providing the city with the works of Gilbert and Sullivan not so much by reinvention but by recreating how a production might have been staged originally. There is a respect due this sort of commitment, and the audience in attendance this last Saturday when I viewed the production, showed theirs in a true sense of a special occasion. I can recall the respect I was expected to display, and the authentic excitement I felt anytime I attended a play or musical back in the day. Back in the Ice Age, when I simultaneously became a teenager and discovered theatre, it was considered an event just shy of your cousin's wedding to attend the theatre. People got dressed up, showed up on time and applauded civilly after each musical number back then. Why, no one stood for an ovation even unless the production was spot on literally flawless. (more...)

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2017 Announces Opening Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival , one of New York's premier summer performance series, kicks off its 51st season on July 25. Among the highlights in the first two weeks are a special opening concert led by Louis Langrée, Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director, featuring traditional and indigenous songs from Mozart's time; a choral presentation by Les Arts Florissants; and guest conductors Edward Gardner and Gianandrea Noseda; festival debuts by more than 10 artists, including Kit Armstrong, Janai Brugger, Jennifer Johnson Cano, S? Percussion, Beatrice Rana, Ksenija Sidorova, and the Young People's Chorus of New York City; and the New York premiere of David Lang's concerto for percussion, man made. A complete listing of events from July 25 through August 6 follows. (more...)

Selections from CARMEN, 'SERAGLIO', THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and More Set for Madison Opera's Opera in the Park 2017 Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Madison Opera's Opera in the Park celebrates its sixteenth year on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park on Madison's West Side.  The annual free concert of opera and Broadway favorites closes the company's 2016/17 season and provides an enticing preview of the 2017/18 season. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Tomorrow for Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID at VTA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

Victoria Theatre Association's Premier Health Broadway Series will present Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, the under-the-sea spectacle swimming into the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center Aug. 8-13, 2017. Tickets for the timeless fairytale go on sale Wednesday, June 21. (more...)

New Line Announcs 27th Season of Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," announces its 27th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the St. Louis premiere of the four-woman rock opera LIZZIE, a very different take on the Lizzie Borden legend, running Sept. 28-Oct. 21, 2017; followed by Cole Porter's satiric masterpiece ANYTHING GOES, running March 1-24, 2018; and the St. Louis premiere of the world's first bio-historical musical comedy, YEAST NATION, written by the Urinetown team, running May 31-June 23, 2018. All New Line's mainstage shows will be in the company's home, the Marcelle Theater, in Grand Center, St. Louis' arts district. (more...)

They're Already Winners... Counting Off the Tony Awards Already Won by the 2017 Nominees!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

The 2017 Tony nominees are already winners... literally. Before a single Tony Award goes out tonight, this year's nominees already have a whopping 67 Tony Awards between them. Check out who has already won big below! (more...)

PRESENT LAUGHTER's Kevin Kline Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

Kevin Kline has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for PRESENT LAUGHTER. (more...)

America's Longest Running Chamber Music Festival presents 88th Exhilarating Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

America's Longest Running Chamber Music Festival, Music Mountain, continues its 88th Season with Alexander Fiterstein, Clarinet, Michael Brown, Piano, and Nicholas Canellakis, Cello performing Beethoven, Debussy, and Brahms on Sunday, June 18th (3pm). The weekend begins with the first Twilight Series concert of the summer featuring The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players on Saturday, June 17th (6:30pm)! Concerts are scheduled thru September 17th! (more...)

Diana Huey, Eric Kunze, Joey Barreiro, Matt Bogart, James Snyder and More Slated for Pittsburgh CLO's 2017 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017

Pittsburgh CLO celebrates 71 years of musical theater magic with an incredible line-up of musicals featuring a team of Pittsburgh CLO alumni and Broadway's very best artists. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the 'New' Richard Rodgers' Musical, REX, at UFOMT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2017

Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater Company is presenting the first full production of the newly revised, re-conceived Richard Rodgers musical, REX, in their 25th Season, opening July 6. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the creative team and more! (more...)

BWW Interview: Ingrid Michaelson Finds Her Way to Broadway by the Light of THE GREAT COMET
by Nicole Rosky - Jul 14, 2017

Ingrid Michaelson has more than one reason to celebrate this summer. Following the release of her latest EP, Alter Egos, the multi-platinum recording artist is calling the Imperial Theatre home, playing Sonya in the Tony Award-winning musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. Michaelson's trip to Imperial Russia will be brief, as the songstress will only be performing the role through August 15, while Brittain Ashford, who originated the role takes a temporary leave from the show. (more...)

GYPSY Comes to Cahn Auditorium This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2017

Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) presents GYPSY, the tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters' success, at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, August 19 through 27. A 25-piece orchestra accompanies such well-known songs as "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You" and "Some People." (more...)

Utah Opera Closes 2016-17 Season with Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

In May 2017, Utah Opera will present Mozart's “Don Giovanni,” a tale of love, seduction, and murder as seen through the stylized lens of a 1950s “film noir” cinematic approach. This production will be performed five times at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre on May 13, 15, 17, 19 at 7:30 PM and May 21 at 2 PM. Tickets, priced from $21-$92, are available for purchase through www.utahopera.org or by calling (801) 533-6683. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Bells Are Ringing! First Look at David Spadora, Lenny Wolpe, Robin Skye and More in MARRY HARRY at York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, presents the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical Marry Harry, with book by Jennifer Robbins (Hudson River Blues) and music and lyrics by Dan Martin and Michael Biello (In My Body, The Cousins Grimm). Performances began April 25, 2017 at for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening night is Thursday, May 4, 2017, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

MasterVoices Announces Establishment of The Roger Rees Fund for Musical Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) announces the establishment of The Roger Rees Fund for Musical Theater, honoring the late stage, film and television actor Roger Rees and celebrating the company's long, warm and fruitful artistic collaboration with him.   (more...)

Sasha Regan's All Male THE MIKADO Comes To The King's Theatre Edinburgh
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Apr 27, 2017

Following the highly successful all-male tours of H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance, Sasha Regan returns with the world premiere of the irresistible The Mikado - one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most famous operettas. (more...)

Performances Begin Tomorrow for the Off-Broadway Premiere of MARRY HARRY at the York Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2017

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Interim Executive Director; David McCoy, Chairman of the Board), dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems from the past, presents the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical Marry Harry, with book by Jennifer Robbins (Hudson River Blues) and music and lyrics by Dan Martin and Michael Biello (In My Body, The Cousins Grimm). (more...)

BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
by Alan Portner - Apr 24, 2017

continues to work after 138 years (more...)

Opera Ithaca Presents CINDERELLA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

Opera Ithaca presents Rossini's comic masterpiece, Cinderella, May 12th thru 14th at the Hangar Theatre marking the 200th anniversary of the premiere of the opera. Norm Johnson directs with choreography by Tucker Davis and featuring the dance ensemble of the Tucker Davis Dance Company. Opera Ithaca Music Director, Richard Montgomery, conducts the orchestra in a reduced orchestration by Magnus Gilljam from London's touring production with English Pocket Opera. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - April 20, 2017
by - Apr 20, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on April 20 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

2017 Richard Tucker Award Goes to Soprano Nadine Sierra
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Soprano Nadine Sierra - who at 28 years old is already establishing herself as a fixture at many of the world's leading opera houses, including those of Paris, Milan, Berlin, and New York - was named today by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation as the winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award. (more...)

MasterVoices presents BABES IN TOYLAND
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

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). The production will be conducted and directed by MasterVoices' Artistic Director Ted Sperling and will feature Kelli O'Hara (Contrary Mary), Bill Irwin (Master Toymaker), Christopher Fitzgerald (Alan), Lauren Worsham (Jane), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Tom Tom), Jonathan Freeman (Uncle Barnaby), Chris Sullivan (Gonzorgo), Jeffrey Schecter (Roderigo), Michael Kostroff (Chief Inspector Marmaduke), and Blair Brown (The Narrator), with the 130 singers of MasterVoices and Orchestra of St. Luke's. Musical Staging by Andrew Palermo, Costume Consulting by Tracy Christensen, and Concert Adaptation by Joe Keenan and Ted Sperling. (more...)

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