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The Pirates of Penzance - 1977 - New York

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 5, 2021
Today, Red Bull Theater announced the first public presentation of a new dramatization of Ben Jonson’s Sejanus, His Fall, adapted and directed by Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director. 
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2021
Elvis Presley's Graceland has announced the faculty of the 2021 Graceland Performing Arts Camp, as it returns for its third year on July 13 - 18. Special Guest Mentor this year is Patrick Dunn. Having made his NYC Theatre debut at age 12, Patrick most recently led the North American tour of the musical Les Misérables in the role of Jean Valjean.
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2021
Today, Red Bull Theater announced that Laila Robins will join the cast of the first public presentation of a new dramatization of Ben Jonson’s Sejanus, His Fall, adapted and directed by Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director. Ms Robins replaces the previously announced Kate Burton, who withdrew due to a scheduling conflict.
by Sally Henry Fuller - May 11, 2021
This weekend, The Atlanta Opera and Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company joined forces to present their Concert for Unity, a celebration of Atlanta’s diversity through music.
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2021
Following two previous Edinburgh Fringe sell-out shows (the last shortlisted for the BroadwayWorld UK 2019 award for Best Musical Production at the Fringe), Coily Dart Theatre present another brand-new comedy musical, based upon the previously untold story of the life of Helen Carte.
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2021
Today, Red Bull Theater announced that Kate Burton will join the cast of the first public presentation of a new dramatization of Ben Jonson’s Sejanus, His Fall, adapted and directed by Nathan Winkelstein, Red Bull’s Associate Artistic Director. 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2021
freefall's drive-in concert series continues with Leonard Bernstein's Broadway playing April 2 through March 9, 2021. This salute to one of America's most beloved composers is the perfect show for the whole family to enjoy.
by Backstage With Richard Ridge - Mar 6, 2021
Tune in this Wednesday, March 3 (12pm ET) as he chats with Patrick Cassidy, who is getting the gang back together next week for a reunion of the original company of Assassins.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2021
Frederic, a pirate's apprentice is in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, but will his leap year birthday prevent him from breaking with duty into the arms of Mabel?  Find out this spring!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2021
Due to popular demand, Sasha Regan's smash hit all-male take on W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE returns to screens from tonight, Monday 29th March – Monday 5th April 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2021
Music Director Thierry Fischer and Utah Symphony | Utah Opera President and CEO Steven Brosvik today announced plans for the Utah Symphony’s 2021-22 season. The Utah Symphony will return to full-scale performances that draw the community together to experience classical and popular favorites.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2021
Further casting has been announced for Roles We'll Never Play on Saturday 22nd May at The Vaudeville Theatre in London. Rebecca Gilliland (Wicked), Scott Paige (The Addams Family), Lewis Cornay (The Book of Mormon), Sean Parkins (Wicked), Natalie Green (The Prince Of Egypt) and Alex Weatherhill (Chicago) have joined the lineup.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2021
Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth today announced Utah Opera’s 2021-22 season, sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. In its upcoming season, Utah Opera presents four full-scale opera productions with live performances at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2021
Roles We'll Never Play is back in the West End for two shows at The Vaudeville Theatre on Saturday 22nd May - 7:30pm and Sunday 23rd May - 7:30pm. After two sell-out shows at The Apollo Theatre in December 2020, the show is back, and will be one of the first shows to open out of lockdown!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2021
Due to popular demand, Sasha Regan's award-winning all-male take on W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE returns to screens from Monday 29th March – Monday 5th April 2021 on www.stream.theatre .
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2021
Broadway On Demand will present a new theatrical event, as part of its “International Theater Month” theme, including the documentary In the Company of Actors (January 9), Anna Karenina the Musical (January 16), the South Korean production of Xcalibur (January 23) and an all-male production Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance (January 30).
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2021
The Atlanta Opera has now released the first three Love Letters to Atlanta. Hailed as “a series of affecting short films” (Wall Street Journal), this new video series gives individual members of the Atlanta Opera Company Players – twelve world-class singers hired for the duration of the season, all of whom are resident in Atlanta and the southeast – the chance to celebrate the Georgia capital and its inhabitants by singing a song of personal significance at an iconic Atlanta venue.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2021
At Home Artist Project Presents: A Short Play Festival, featuring three short length plays. At Home Artists Project is a virtual space for new work.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2021
Chichester Festival Theatre has announced its upcoming spring season of streamed events , including FACING THE MUSIC interviews with Sheila Hancock, Philip Quast, Patricia Routledge, Imelda Staunton and Giles Terera, an encore screening of Celebrating Sondheim, and more!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2021
Today's Theater Stories features the Gershwin Theatre! Learn about the theatre's longest running show, Wicked; the extravagant production of Starlight Express; the Theater Hall of fame featuring theater's biggest names, and more!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2021
stream.theatre is adding even more shows to their platform through March and April including 4 exclusive digital premieres of major new productions. For drama fans, Shane Richie stars a new revival of Scaramouche Jones by Justin Butcher, which premieres on 26 March.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2021
The cast has been announced for Talking Gods, a digital season of five reimagined Greek myths by Arrows & Traps.  Nicolle Smartt (Good Omens and Doctor Who, BBC; Upon the Edge, DeCantillon) will star in tale of sisterhood Persephone, the first play in the Talking Gods series. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2021
After the success of its acclaimed fall offerings, now The Atlanta Opera presents an equally innovative spring lineup of live, in-person events, highlighted by the world premiere productions of new adaptations of two iconic operas.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2021
Much-loved and multi-talented stage and screen actor Shane Richie (EastEnders; The Entertainer; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here) will take on the role of the titular tragic clown in the digital revival of Justin Butcher’s absorbing solo show, Scaramouche Jones.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2021
Steel Magnolias is the latest offering from Laughing Horse Productions at the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre. 
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2021
Inspired by the success from their safe drive-in performances of La bohème in the Fall, which heralded the return of live, in-person, opera to San Diego County since the start of the pandemic, and provided over 300 jobs to many, San Diego Opera has announced a Spring season of safe, socially-distanced, drive-in performances.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2021
Opera Idaho continues its Operatini program with Operatini: Secrets & Discoveries on Thursday, March 4, 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2021
Today, baritone Will Liverman has released Dreams of a New Day: Songs by Black Composers with pianist Paul Sánchez on Cedille Records. Liverman says, “Right now, it is more important than ever to celebrate the contributions of Black composers, and I’m honored to give voice to the art songs on this album.'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2020
Sasha Regan's award-winning All-Male THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE opens this weekend at the Palace Theatre!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2020
For this weekend only there is a £25 ticket offer on all seats to Sasha’s award-winning all-male take on Gilbert & Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. The offer will run until Sunday 6th December at midnight.
by Stephen Mosher - Dec 17, 2020
Birdland, Studio Tenn, Cassidy & Caruso, and FIVE divas! Merry Everything!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2020
Due to popular demand, Sasha Regan's award-winning all-male take on Gilbert & Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE is making its way to your screens from 28th December 2020 – 3rd January 2021 on www.stream.theatre . Recorded live last Sunday at the recent critically acclaimed run at the Palace Theatre, expect a much-needed dose of musical comedy over the festive season. The perfect tonic to raise spirits at this difficult time and a show the whole family will enjoy. 
by Bella Bevan - Dec 14, 2020
Sasha Regan's award-winning all-male take on Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance returned to the West End this weekend at The Palace Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2020
Opera Tampa has announced its revived 2020-2021 season at the outdoor Riverwalk Stage at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2020
Don't miss the chance to snap up a midweek golden £25 SATURDAY NIGHT TICKET to Sasha Regan's ALL-MALE THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE using Promo Code: POP25 when booking.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2021
Inspired by the success from their safe drive-in performances of La bohème in the Fall, which heralded the return of live, in-person, opera to San Diego County since the start of the pandemic, San Diego Opera has announced a Spring season of safe, socially-distanced, drive-in performances.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2021
Disney's Olivier Award-winning stage musical Beauty and the Beast today announces the cast to star in the re-imagined and re-designed new production. Staged by members of the original award-winning creative team, Beauty and the Beast will open a UK & Ireland Tour at The Bristol Hippodrome on Wednesday 25 August 2021 (National Press Night: Wednesday 29 September).
by Ron Bierman - Apr 29, 2021
The San Diego Opera continued its quixotic foray into parking-lot adventures with The Barber of Seville by Rossini, social distancing once again forcing substantial changes to a production's length and cast size. Revisions to libretto, costumes, set and lighting went all out for a zany farcical effect that even many staid opera lovers of a certain age would eventually realize harkened back to the free-wheeling spirit of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in, complete with 'Sock it to me,' chicken jokes and Rowan's trademark closing 'Say goodnight, Dick.' This always said to his seemingly clueless partner Dick Martin. Lest you think it was a radically revised libretto, I offer assurances that most of the explicit references to the bygone TV show were displayed in hand-drawn lettering on cardboard placards held up by a man near the stage whose humble garb included a Santa Clause hat. This seemingly homeless but cheerful gentleman was teamed offstage with a gaggle of other extras. Some of them were chorus members, policemen and musicians usually on stage for Rossini's comic opera, but now, during difficult times, especially for opera directors and stage managers, they were singing, dancing and gesticulating wildly offstage, one of them mounted on a pickup truck.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2021
We've rounded up some of the top productions on stage this summer! Find something near you to see using our comprehensive guide below!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2021
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its ground-breaking Outreach and Education programme department, Scottish Opera has announced further projects to bring music and performance into the lives of people across the country.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2021
Sasha Regan’s all-male take on W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE will stream online over Easter until Monday 5th April 2021. Recorded live at the Palace Theatre London in December just before Lockdown 2, the recent streaming makes a very welcome comeback particularly for those needing some cheer over Easter. 
by Stephi Wild - Apr 19, 2021
Today's top stories: Sutton Foster speaks out about Scott Rudin controversy, Jagged Little Pill to open in Sydney, and more.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2021
Due to popular demand the acclaimed digital revival of Justin Butcher's Scaramouche Jones or The Seven White Masks will return to streaming for two weeks.
by Stage Tube - Apr 15, 2021
Today's episode features Broadway & West End Star, Stephen Carlile, who chats with Adrienne about his journey to Broadway from the West End, his experience as 'Scar' in Disney's The Lion King, and what life is like having a director as a spouse!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2021
The Scottish Opera has announced its upcoming lineup for this spring and summer, including two new films and plans for over 200 outdoor performances this summer, in alignment with the Scottish Government timeline for easing restrictions.