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Goodspeed Opera House (East Haddam, CT)
PO Box A, 6 Main Street
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...)

Darlington Hippodrome Announces Autumn Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2018

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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
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BWW's On This Day - October 6, 2018
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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

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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
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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...)

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...)

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Comes to The Moonlight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2018

Moonlight Stage Productions presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, the epic musical retelling of Victor Hugo's novel about love, passion, and hope. Performances are August 15 through September 1 at 8:00 p.m. at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. The third production of Moonlight's 38th summer season will feature a company of nearly 60 with actors, an onstage choir, and live orchestra in the pit making for an emotionally charged theatre experience. Tickets range in price $17-$57 and are on sale now through VisTix at (760) 724-2110 and online at moonlightstage.com. (more...)

GREASE Returns To London With An All New Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2018

From humble beginnings as a rough Off-Broadway workshop to the glitz of Broadway and Hollywood, Grease The Musical is nothing short of a global phenomenon. Centre Stage London brings this celebrated musical back to London with an all new cast! (more...)

Photo Flash: Bay Street Theater Presents EVITA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018

Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce EVITA begins July 31 with a "Pay What You Can" performance with a limited amount of tickets available at the box office beginning at 11 am. The play will run through August 26. The play features lyrics written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, music by Tim Rice and is directed by Bay Street Theater's Associate Artistic Director, Will Pomerantz. To purchase tickets call the Box Office at 631-725-9500 or purchase online at www.baystreet.org. (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of BAREFOOT IN THE PARK at Sharon Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018

Rex Smith (Broadway: The Pirates of Penzance, Grand Hotel, The Scarlett Pimpernel) stars as Victor Velasco in Neil Simon's classic hit comedy Barefoot In The Park at the historic Sharon Playhouse in Connecticut from July 27 through August 12. (more...)

BWW Review: COMPANY at Castle Craig Players
by Sean Fallon - Jul 28, 2018

The Castle Craig Players have yet again brought an excellent cast to the stage in COMPANY a Stephen Sondheim musical centering on a 35 year old bachelor's ponderings regarding whether he wants to get married at all, and if so, to whom. (more...)

Neil Simon's BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Comes to Sharon Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018

Rex Smith (Broadway: The Pirates of Penzance, Grand Hotel, The Scarlett Pimpernel) stars as Victor Velasco in Neil Simon's classic hit comedy Barefoot In The Park at the historic Sharon Playhouse in Connecticut from July 27 through August 12. (more...)

Jennie Dale and More Announced For THE MIDNIGHT GANG At Chichester Festival Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2018

Full casting has been announced for David Walliams's THE MIDNIGHT GANG, adapted by Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, which premieres at Chichester Festival Theatre from 13 October - 3 November, directed by Dale Rooks. (more...)

VIDEO: Marc Kudisch Sings the National Anthem at Citi Field
by Stage Tube - Aug 8, 2018

Broadway favorite Marc Kudisch hit the field recently to perform the National Anthem, watch the video below! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 7, 2018
by - Aug 7, 2018

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

BWW's On This Day - August 31, 2018
by - Aug 31, 2018

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MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD Gives Saint Sebastian Players Audiences the Chance to Solve for Themselves
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018

Welcoming the audience to get involved in the action, the Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) open the company's 38th season with the multiple Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood with book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes. Performances are October 26-November 18, 2018 at SSP's home in the lower level of St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, Chicago. Starting this season, SSP Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees remain at 2 p.m. (more...)

Patrick Cassidy to Perform At Inland Pacific Ballet's SOME ENCHANTED EVENING
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018

Actor Patrick Cassidy, best known for his roles in musical theatre and television, headlines Some Enchanted Evening ~ A Night of Broadway Song & Dance to benefit Inland Pacific Ballet, the professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire. This 2nd annual intimate cabaret evening features song and dance by Inland Pacific Ballet dancers and Academy students, cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, dessert, silent/live auction, and is hosted by IPB Associate Director Jonathan Sharp (The Red Shoes, Carousel, The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, Fiddler on the Roof). Some Enchanted Evening takes place on Saturday, September 22 at 6 p.m., at Inland Pacific Ballet located at 9061 Central Avenue, Montclair, 91763. (more...)

WICKED FROZEN Extends Through 2019 at St. Luke's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2018

Producer John Lant is pleased to announce another extension of the Off-Broadway premiere, and newest hit, WICKED FROZEN, the untold parody musical of some magic ice witch princesses (with unexpected emotional bite), as it rocks out until the end of 2018, and is set to continue through the New Year. All Original songs with book and lyrics by Zoe Farmingdale and music and lyrics by Toby Singer. The production is directed and choreographed by Zoe Farmingdale. (more...)

Sh*t-faced Showtime Presents OLIVER With A Twist
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2018

Following their run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Shit-faced Shakespeare's all-singing, all-dancing, all-drinking sibling, Shit-faced Showtime, returns to London with an intoxicated spin on the widely-loved literary and musical classic. Join Oliver Twist as he meets an array of cunning and colourful characters in this cockney knees-up with' booze, glorious booze, featuring songs from Oliver! and other Broadway hits. (more...)

New Philharmonic's 2018-2019 Season Opens with SHOW BOAT AND SHOWTUNES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 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 Line's THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE Begins Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 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...)

BWW Review: A Pirate's Life For Everyone at CenterPoint Legacy's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Hayley Westwood - Aug 16, 2018

Ahoy! For someone who considers herself a theater buff, I am embarrassed to admit that before seeing this production, I knew very little about The Pirates of Penzance, other than the oft-parodied "Modern-Major General" song. (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Konversations with Keeme: A Chat with HUNCHBACL Stars Patrick Tombs and Gina Naomi Baez
by Konversations with Keeme - Aug 15, 2018

Thirteen year old Ajibola Tajudeen, better known as Keeme, is the host of New Paradigm Theatre's brand new web series debuting here on BroadwayWorld. 'Konversations with Keeme' is show where Keeme interviews seasoned television and film professionals like Tamara Tunieof Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Renee Lawless of Tyler Perry's The Have and the Have Nots, as well as Broadway veterans such as Emmy and Grammy winner, Paul Bogaev, Emmy-nominated Scott Bryce, and Broadway pros Christine Dwyer, Kelly Grant, Juwan Crawley and more. (more...)

Photo Flash: Moonlight Stage Productions Presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2018

Moonlight Stage Productions presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, the epic musical retelling of Victor Hugo's novel about love, passion, and hope. (more...)

Theater At Monmouth Presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2018

A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General await you in Gilbert & Sullivan's effervescent musical masterpiece Pirates of Penzance. Theater at Monmouth's 2019 Fall Show sets sail on Thursday, September 13th, at 7:30 p.m. and continues through Sunday, September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. (more...)

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