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Di Yam Gazlonim - 2006 - Off-Broadway

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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by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2007
The Coast of Utopia and Spring Awakening won the top honors at The 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards, which were presented on Sunday, May 20 at the F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center!
by Michael Dale - Mar 23, 2007
In Al Grand's zesty and fun Yiddish translation of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic, young Frederick is a former Yeshiva student and the Major General is an Orthodox Jew who bakes fine honey cakes and is a friend of Benjamin Disraeli.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2008
Propelled by a surge of support on several fronts, the Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene is moving this week to new office space in midtown Manhattan.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019
Soul to Soul, the electrifying and emotionally-captivating theatrical concert that explores the parallels of African American and Jewish history takes the stage this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), this annual concert will play on Sunday, January 20, 2pm, Off Broadway at the Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014
Following a wildly successful Off Broadway run last Spring, The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene's critically-acclaimed musical production 'The Megile of Itzik Manger' will return to Baruch Performing Arts Center for a two week limited engagement, March 2 - 16.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2007
Beth Leavel and James Naughton announced the nominees for the 2007 Drama Desk Awards this morning at The Friar's Club. The awards will take place on Sunday, May 20th at the F. H. LaGuardia Concert Hall.