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East Haddam, CT 06423

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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.


BWW Interview: Soraya Mafi Shows Operatic Expertise Beyond her Years
by Erica Miner - Sep 30, 2018

The young award-winning Manchester, UK, native already has several diverse roles under her belt, and her career is progressing at a rapid pace (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Line's ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," opens its 28th season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the world premiere of THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE, Gilbert & Sullivan's newly discovered, original 'operatic abomination,' in its world premiere, running Sept. 27-Oct. 20, 2018 at the Marcelle Theater, in the Grand Center Arts District. (more...)

Sharon Playhouse Hosts One Night Only Concert of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

Continuing their pledge to offer the audiences in the Northwest region of Connecticut and it's environs year-round entertainment, the historic Sharon Playhouse in Sharon CT is collaborating for the first time with the Salisbury Sinfonietta to present a semi-staged concert event on the mainstage of the venerable Connecticut playhouse on Saturday October 6th at 8:00pm. (more...)

Theatre Bay Area Announces 2018 TBA Awards Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2018

Theatre Bay Area, the third-largest regional theatre service organization in North America, announced the finalists for the 2018 TBA Awards. The fifth annual TBA Awards Celebration will be held on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco). Tickets for the public go on sale Friday, September 28, 2018, through City Box Office. (more...)

New Philharmonic Opens 2018-2019 Season With SHOW BOAT AND SHOW TUNES on Sept 29 & 30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

Four guest vocalists and the 100-voice Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus join New Philharmonic for "Show Boat and Show Tunes," a showcase of popular songs coming from the partnerships of Hammerstein and Kern and Rodgers and Hart, at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd.; Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 30, 3 p.m. (more...)

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Announce 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, America's preeminent professional Gilbert & Sullivan repertory company, announces its exciting upcoming Fall 2018-19 Season featuring The Yeomen of the Guard, The Pirates of Penzance, New Year's with NYGASP and Ages Ago/Mr. Jericho. (more...)

Dream The Impossible Dream With MAN OF LA MANCHA In Cambridge
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2018

The 2018 Season continues on high note this fall with the epic Broadway musical Man of La Mancha on stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge (formerly Dunfield Theatre Cambridge) from October 10 to November 4. This timeless tale of love and redemption starring Artistic Director Alex Mustakas as Don Quixote is sure to enthrall audiences with its enchanting melodies and grand theatrical transformations. (more...)

BWW Review: Sprightly, Sassy PIRATES OF PENZANCE Closes TAM Season
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold - Sep 16, 2018

The Theater at Monmouth resumed its tradition of a fall Gilbert and Sullivan production with a sprightly, sassy, clever new take on the beloved chestnut, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. In a significantly trimmed score and re-imagined concept, the work comes alive with a freshness, energy, and new slant to the humor, while retaining the silliness of the script and the appeal of the songs. (more...)

Photo Flash: Check Out the Cast of ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE at New Line Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," opens its 28th season of adult, alternative musical theatre with the world premiere of THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE, Gilbert & Sullivan's newly discovered, original 'operatic abomination,' in its world premiere, running Sept. 27-Oct. 20, 2018 at the Marcelle Theater, in the Grand Center Arts District. (more...)

MasterVoices Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2018

Ted Sperling, Artistic Director of MasterVoices, announced details of the acclaimed ensemble's 77th season, celebrating the power of the human voice to unite, inspire and connect since 1941. The upcoming season will be framed by two major musical events, the New York premiere of a multi-media version of Handel's oratorioIsrael in Egypt performed at Carnegie Hall, and a new adaptation of the Kurt Weill-Ira Gershwin-Moss Hart avant-garde musical, Lady in the Dark, starring Victoria Clark at New York City Center. Lady in the Dark has not been seen in New York since it was presented at New York City Center in 1994 as part of the inaugural Encores! season. (more...)

BWW Feature: PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Spring Mountain Ranch
by Debbie Hall - Sep 11, 2018

Turning 21 years of age is a milestone, even in 1879 as young Frederic, a pirate in training, has fallen for the lovely Mabel. However, a big obstacle stands in the way of true love. What will Frederic do? Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance showcases his quandary with musical, humor, and a timeless story as presented by Sin City Opera with Super Summer Theatre through Sept. 22. (more...)

The Wick Theatre Goes Very Modern with PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2018

The Wick Theatre  in Boca Raton is proud to open their 2018-2019 season with the hilarious farce, The Pirates of Penzance. The Gilbert and Sullivan treasure returned to Broadway in 1981 under the direction of Joseph Papp and went on to win the Tony Award for "Best Revival." (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 7, 2018
by - Oct 7, 2018

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

BWW's On This Day - October 6, 2018
by - Oct 6, 2018

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

Full Cast Announced For The 5th Avenue Theatre's Exciting New Holiday Production Of ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2018

Rehearsals have begun for The 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of the beloved musical Annie, which plays this holiday season from November 23 - December 30, 2018. The 5th is excited to introduce Visesia Fakatoufifita of Tacoma, WA, and Faith Young of Kent, WA, who make their 5th Avenue Theatre debuts alternating the title role. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 29, 2018
by - Oct 29, 2018

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

Merola Announces Conductor, Director For First-Ever Commissioned Work
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018

In 2019, San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program will present the first opera commissioned in the Program's history, the world premiere of If I Were You, by distinguished American composer Jake Heggie and noted librettist Gene Scheer. This ground-breaking work will be presented August 1 - 6, 2019, at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre. Today it was announced the opera will be conducted by Nicole Paiement and directed by Keturah Stickann. Information is available at www.merola.org. Tickets will go on sale in Spring 2019. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - October 27, 2018
by - Oct 27, 2018

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2019 Minty Awards Gala Honorees Edward Morand, Comedian Richie Byrne And Wagner College's Richard And Carin Guarasci
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018

The Minty Organization for the Performing Arts, the non-profit which oversees The Minty Awards, has announced honorees for the 6th Minty Awards Dinner Gala to be held Thursday, January 17 at 7:00pm at Nicotra's Ballroom, The Hilton Garden Inn. (more...)

Bodhi Tree Concerts Announces 2019 Season Of Concerts To Benefit Local Charities
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

The award-winning Bodhi Tree Concerts, the San Diego troupe that presents eclectic musical concerts that raise funds for local nonprofits, announces an exciting season in 2019 that showcases exclusively local musical artists and brings back popular events like a free multicultural street festival. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Casts An Exciting Spell With THE WIZARD'S SPELLBOOK
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Come learn all about the musical instruments that make up an orchestra with Pacific Symphony's "The Wizard's Spellbook" concert this Halloween season! The Symphony takes the stage Oct. 27 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, led by Assistant Conductor and Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Roger Kalia. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their wands, broomsticks and cloaks as the orchestra will play the enchanting themes of John William's "Hedwig's Theme" from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours," and the educational and fun "The Conductor's Spellbook," music and story by composer Paul Dooley and narrated by the opera baritone, David Stoneman. (more...)

Judy Kuhn and More Will Lead Menier Chocolate Factory's Revival Of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces principal company for its major revival of one of the world's most-beloved musicals of all time, Fiddler on the Roof, in a new staging by Trevor Nunn. Joining the previously announced Andy Nyman (Tevye) is Judy Kuhn as Golde, with Harriet Bunton (Hodel), Dermot Canavan (Lazar Wolf), Stewart Clarke (Perchik), Matt Corner (Fyedka), Joshua Gannon (Motel), Louise Gold (Yente), Kirsty MacLaren (Chava) and Molly Osborne (Tzeitel). (more...)

BWW Review: THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE Breathes New Life and Steals Hearts at The Marcelle
by Tanya Seale - Oct 12, 2018

As the story goes in Gilbert & Sullivan's 1879 operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic the pirate has just been released from his indenture to a comical band of soft-hearted pirates when he meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and falls in love. As the story also goes, in 2013, New Line Theatre's Artistic Director Scott Miller made an extraordinary discovery:  the never-seen-before draft manuscripts for The Pirates of Penzance, which actually-believe it or not-originated as The Zombies of Penzance. (more...)

Wilton's Music Hall Announces 2019 Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Wilton's Music Hall, the oldest grand music hall in the world, today announces its 2019 Spring season - a glorious collection of theatre, and music from some of the UK's most exceptional companies and artists. (more...)

Fringe Hit BREXIT Comes To London's King's Head Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

The sold-out smash hit of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018 receives it's London premiere this Autumn.  Brexit, starring The Archer's star Tim Bentinck is set to take The King's Head by storm when it opens at the end of the month (more...)

Former ENO Artistic Director John Berry CBE Launches New Commercial Theatre Venture
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2018

John Berry CBE is proud today to announce Scenario Two, a brand-new commercial theatre venture created with fellow creative industries heavyweight Anthony Lilley OBE, with support from Stephen Garrett and Max Hole CBE. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 7, 2018
by - Nov 7, 2018

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...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Barrington Stage Company Benefit Honoring John Rando!
by Stephen Sorokoff - Nov 28, 2018

Over the past hundred years the theater community has celebrated some of the most notable events in Broadway's history at the Friars Club.   Last night the Barrington Stage Co. the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, Ma. under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd held their New York City Benefit in the legendary building where so many legends of the theater community have socialized and entertained each other.   John Rando the famed director was celebrated for his extraordinary talent and his contributions to BSC.  John has directed two of the most popular musicals in BSC history, The Pirates of Penzance and On the Town, which transferred to Broadway and received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Director.  At BSC John also directed The Royal Family of Broadway and Guys and Dolls and on Broadway, he won a Tony Award for his direction of Urinetown, The Musical.   (more...)

Amore Opera Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Six Productions For The 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2018

To celebrate the founding of Amore Opera in 2009, Artistic Director Nathan Hull has programmed six main-stage opera productions this season. Over the past decade, Amore has created a niche for itself in New York City's cultural realm, offering lively stagings of opera classics, neglected gems of the repertoire, appealing children's fare, and ever-popular Gilbert & Sullivan presentations in the well- appointed and intimate 200-seat Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, (near 121st Street,) New York, NY 10027. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 24, 2018
by - Nov 24, 2018

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...)

Irvine Barclay Theatre Announces 4 GIRLS 4 Featuring Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, Faith Prince, and Lillias White
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2018

Irvine Barclay Theatre was recently informed that Bebe Neuwirth is withdrawing from her concert engagement at Irvine Barclay Theatre on March 16th. Scheduling conflicts will preclude her from being able to perform at the Barclay as planned. In her stead, the Barclay is announcing a performance on the same date, March 16, 2019 at 8pm, of 4 GIRLS 4 featuring four legendary Broadway singers and actresses. (more...)

CHRISTMAS AT THE OLD BULL AND BUSH Returns To MetroStage
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018

Producing Artistic Director Carolyn Griffin is pleased to announce that Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush 2018 will be returning to MetroStage (Nov 29-Dec 30). The play, written and directed by Catherine Flye, had an acclaimed six year run at the Old Vat Room at Arena Stage (1997-2003) before debuting at MetroStage last season. Two members of the original Bull and Bush cast will be joined by some new members of a very eccentric British troupe to entertain audiences for the holidays. (more...)

Amore Opera Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Six Productions For The 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018

To celebrate the founding of Amore Opera in 2009, Artistic Director Nathan Hull has programmed six main-stage opera productions this season. Over the past decade, Amore has created a niche for itself in New York City's cultural realm, offering lively stagings of opera classics, neglected gems of the repertoire, appealing children's fare, and ever-popular Gilbert & Sullivan presentations in the well-appointed and intimate 200-seat Riverside Theatre at Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, (near 121st Street,) New York, NY 10027. (more...)

FreeFall Makes Merry With EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018

freeFall celebrates the holiday season with a hilarious mash up of your favorite Christmas stories and carols. If you loved freeFall's The Musical of Musicals, you must get your tickets to see Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some). (more...)

Barrington Stage Co To Celebrate John Rando At BSC/NYC Benefit; Elizabeth Stanley, Scarlett Strallen, and More to Perform
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will host its annual New York City Benefit, BSC/NYC, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, to honor director and BSC Associate Artist John Rando with the William Finn Award for Innovation and Excellence in Musical Theatre. This one-night only cabaret will take place at the Friars Club (57 East 55th Street). (more...)

NY Premiere Of Multimedia Version Of Handel's ISRAEL IN EGYPT Comes to Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2018

MasterVoices and its 150 choristers opens its 77th season on Wednesday, November 28 at 8 pm at Carnegie Hall when the ensemble's Artistic Director Ted Sperling leads the New York premiere of a multi-media version of Handel's Israel in Egypt. The timely oratorio of exile and displacement is reflecting the biblical account of the heroic flight of Israelites enslaved in Pharaonic Egypt and their crossing the Red Sea.   (more...)

Theater Resources Unlimited Announces The Cast And Industry Talkback Panel For MIRACOLO
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces Miracolo by Jarlath Barsanti-Jacobs and Emilio Solla as part of the 2019 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series on Monday evening January 14, 2019 at 7pm at the Actors Temple, 339 West 47th Street, New York, NY. The reading is produced by Harold Heno in association with R.K. Greene, and will be directed by Fred Mann III. It is free but reservations are required: please email name and number of tickets requested to TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com, or use the bright red ticketing box at https://truonline.org/events/miracolo/. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 6
by Audition Roundup - Jan 6, 2019

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 6, 2019 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

Mickey Thomas Of Starship To Star In New Production Of ROCK OF AGES At The 5th Avenue Theatre; Full Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019

The 5th Avenue Theatre has announced that Mickey Thomas, the lead singer of Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship), will star as Dennis in its sensational new production of Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is the '80s rock ballad blast that features the music of Styx, Joan Jett, Twisted Sister, and more. With Mickey Thomas as lead vocalist, Starship produced hits including "We Built This City" (which appears in the production), "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," and "Sara." (more...)

Opera Memphis Sets Sail with H.M.S. PINAFORE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019

Opera Memphis brings to the stage Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. A rollicking, time-tested delight, this opera is packed with endearing characters, memorable tunes, and a hilariously topsy-turvy ending the whole family will enjoy. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 13
by Audition Roundup - Jan 13, 2019

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 13, 2019 for productions in your area and around the country. (more...)

BWW Interview: Thomas Hostetter of 'OH JOY, OH RAPTURE!' A CELEBRATION OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN at Theatre Harrisburg
by Andrea Stephenson - Jan 13, 2019

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BWW's On This Day - December 6, 2018
by - Dec 6, 2018

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...)

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Announce THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Plus NYE Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) continues its 44th season beginning Thursday, December 27 with five performances of The Pirates of Penzance at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (E. 68th Street Between Park and Lexington Avenues). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD (AND THEN SOME) At FreeFall
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2018

freeFall celebrates the holiday season with a hilarious mash up of your favorite Christmas stories and carols. If you loved freeFall's The Musical of Musicals, you must get your tickets to see Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and then some). (more...)

BWW Review: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' Rollickingly Fun THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Michael Dale - Dec 30, 2018

Though there's nary a mention of snowfall or jingle bells in The Pirates of Penzance, the abundance of joy and good clean humor, not to mention some terrific voices, in the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players' frothily charming production of G&S's 1879 romantic romp makes it a grand choice for holiday entertainment. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 30, 2018
by - Dec 30, 2018

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...)

BWW Interview: Wil Love and Carl Schurr, Veteran Actors Of The Everyman Theatre
by Charles Shubow - Dec 26, 2018

I have been a huge fan of both Wil Love and Carl Schurr for many years. They are currently both performing in Everyman Theatre's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST which ends its run Dec. 30, 2018. They have become two patriarchs of the Baltimore theatre scene. Since their meeting at Center Stage in 1971, they have performed, produced, and adapted hundreds of performances both regionally and nationally. Now in their 10th year as Resident Company Members at Everyman Theatre, Wil and Carl have plenty of war stories and advice to share. I connected with these two venerable performances to learn more about their story. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 23, 2018
by - Dec 23, 2018

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ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE Script, Score, And Cast Album Now On Amazon!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2018

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," opened its 28th season of adult, alternative musical theatre in October with the critically acclaimed world premiere of THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE, Gilbert & Sullivan's comic-horror 'operatic abomination,' in its world premiere, with new text by Scott Miller and music adaptation and orchestration by John Gerdes. And now, the show's script, full piano-vocal score, and a live cast recording are all available on Amazon.com. (more...)

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