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Seattle, WA,

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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.


Rex Smith, Alison Arngrim, Paul Kreppel and More Head to Sharon Playhouse for Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2018

Sharon Playhousein Sharon, CT under the new management team of Artistic Director Alan M-L Wager and Managing Director Robert Levinstein, announced today the complete casting and creative teams for its 2018 mainstage summer season. (more...)

Music Theater Works Presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) presents the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, The Pirates of Penzance, at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, June 9 through 17. A 26-piece orchestra accompanies such well-known songs as "Poor Wand'ring One," "Oh, Better Far to Live and Die" and "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General." (more...)

Opera Ithaca Announces 2018/2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

Opera Ithaca announces their 5th season since the company's founding in 2014. The 2018/2019 season will include Hamlet, A Little Night Music, La bohème and a double bill of Francesca Caccini's Liberation (La Liberazione di Ruggiero) and the world premiere of Kamala Sankaram and Rob Handel's Enchantress. (more...)

New Line Theatre Announces 28th Season Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

New Line Theatre, "the bad boy of musical theatre," announces its 28th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, including the world premiere of THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE, Gilbert & Sullivan's newly discovered, original 'operatic abomination,' in its first ever production, running Sept. 27-Oct. 20, 2018; followed by the 'family values' classic musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, running Feb. 28-March 23, 2019; and to close the season, the St. Louis premiere of the new sci-fi rock musical BE MORE CHILL, based on the bestselling novel, running May 30-June 22, 2019. All New Line's mainstage shows will be in the company's home, the Marcelle Theater, in the Grand Center Arts District. (more...)

BWW TV: Michael Ball Talks CHESS with Neil Sean!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 3, 2018

West End and recording star Michael Ball earned Olivier Awards for Hairspray and Sweeney Todd. Now starring in the new version of the 80's mega smash " Chess" by the Abba boys Benny & Bjorn plus Sir Tim Rice in this new and exclusive interview he reveals all about Chess, interviewing Hollywood legend Doris Day, turning Down Sunset Boulevard and so much more! (more...)

Former Cazenovia Resident To Premiere One Man Show At The New Redhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2018

TADEUSZ VON MOLTKE (NBC's THE BLACKLIST; DJ Khaled/Jay Z's video 'I Got the Keys' (EPIC RECORDS); DIXON PLACE 2018 QT: RAINBOWS ACROSS THE DIASPORA) will be the principal featured actor in: THEA MUSGRAVE: A 90th BIRTHDAY CONCERT IN NEW YORK CITY. (more...)

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Extends Due to Overwhelming Demand
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2018

Due to overwhelming demand, The Wilbury Theatre Group announces additional performances of The Pirates of Penzance OR, THE SLAVE OF DUTY; now running through Sunday, June 17. Running to popular acclaim and sold-out houses since previews, The Pirates of Penzance OR, THE SLAVE OF DUTY is the wild adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan masterpiece by Sean Graney and Kevin O'Donnell from Chicago's famed Hypocrites Theatre. (more...)

Thistle Rose Academy of Arts Presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2018

Thistle Rose Academy of Arts presents W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comedic opera "The Pirates of Penzance." It has been nearly 139 years since the New York premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan's follow up to their smash hit "H.M.S. Pinafore" and yet, the catchy melodies and clever lyrics prove as entertaining today as they ever were. (more...)

The Encore Musical Theatre Company Presents WEST SIDE STORY
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2018

The Encore Musical Theatre Company presents West Side Story, running June 21st through August 12th, 2018. West Side Story is directed by Daniel C. Cooney, music directed by Tyler Driskill, and choreographed by Matthew Brennan. (more...)

The 2018 Minty Award Nominations Announced Honoring Excellence in Staten Island High School Musical Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

The Minty Organization, the non-profit company which oversees The Minty Awards, is gearing for its biggest ceremony of the year, The Eighth Annual Minty Awards, set for Sunday, June 3 at 7pm at the historic St. George Theatre (35 Hyatt Street). (more...)

Houston Gilbert And Sullivan Society Presents A Treasure Trove Of Gilbert And Sullivan
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2018

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston is excited to present: A Treasure Trove of Gilbert & Sullivan (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 5/20/2018
by BWW - May 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/20/2018 for Philadelphia (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE OR, THE SLAVE OF DUTY At Wilbury Group
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

This subversive, loopy, and fantastically eccentric take-think banjos, beach balls, and guitars-on Gilbert and Sullivan's preposterous musical took audiences in Chicago by storm when presented by rebel theatre-makers The Hipocrites. Frederic was mistakenly apprenticed as a young boy to a band of sentimental pirates. Now 21, he falls head-over-heels for the Major-General's daughter and forswears the buccaneer's life forever, or so he thinks. This buoyant, award-winning Pirates of Penzance by Sean Graney and Kevin O'Donnell and featuring just 12 actors (who also serve as the orchestra) is an irrevent and fresh homage to a world turned upside-down for Gilbert and Sullivan diehard fans and newcomers alike. (more...)

North Texas Performing Arts Seeks Professional Actors For Educational Daytime Show MADAGASCAR
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2018

North Texas Performing Arts celebrates the 11th anniversary of their Professional Daytime Children's Series with a production of 'Madagascar-A Musical Adventure - TYA.' The Daytime Children's Series is a series of productions with professional actors performing educational literacy-based shows for pre-school and elementary-aged children during the day. (more...)

Brexit Satirical Drama To Premiere At Edinburgh Fringe
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018

It's 2020 and The Gordian Knot of Brexit remains tightly tangled. To keep a united government and to achieve an exit deal remains incompatible Â… or is it? Is Adam Masters the man of the moment? The political miracle worker of his generation? The Wizard of Westminster? The Gary Kasparov in this drawn-out game of political chess? Adam has won the Tory leadership contest. He was the only candidate all factions of his party could agree on. But the poison chalice is not for him and he has a foolproof plan; A cunning scheme to unite his MPs for the final stages of the Brexit negotiations. It's easy; a piece of cake; child's play. All he has to do is... just Â…umm just Â… now, what was it again? Â…How's it supposed to go? What was that killer move? Â…. (more...)

Gilbert And Sullivan's PIRATES OF PENZANCE to Dock In Long Beach This May
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2018

The Children's Theatre of Long Beach (CTLB), Art in Relation (AIR) and the Scottish Rite Event Center present a historic, hilarious family friendly farce featuring silly pirates, bumbling policemen, and nervous naive young lovers - Gilbert & Sullivan's rollicking musical masterpiece, 'The Pirates of Penzance,' comes alive at the beautiful Ernest Borgnine Theatre at the Scottish Rite Event Center of Long Beach May 11 - May 20, 2018. (more...)

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Announces Finalists for 2017-18 BOBBY G AWARDS
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 1, 2018

Denver Center for the Performing Arts has announced the 2018 finalists for The Bobby G Awards, a regional awards program for The National High School Musical Theatre Awards. (more...)

World Premiere Of Lee Kalcheim's COMING BACK LIKE A SONG! Begins June 28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2018

???????Berkshire Theatre Group presents Emmy Award-winner Lee Kalcheim's (All in the Family) World Premiere, Coming Back Like a Song!, a play about Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen. Directed by Tony Award-nominated Gregg Edelman (City of Angels, Into The Woods; BTG: Arsenic and Old Lace, Constellations), Coming Back Like a Song! features Tony Award-nominated David Garrison (A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine) as Irving Berlin, Philip Hoffman (Cabaret, Falsettos) as Harold Arlen and David Rasche (Sledge Hammer!) as Jimmy Van Heusen. Performances begin Thursday, June 28, 2018 and run through Saturday, July 21, 2018 at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage (83 East Main Street) in Stockbridge, MA.  (more...)

Full Schedule Announced For Peripatetic Players' SHIVER WE TIMBERS!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2018

Idiot String (Founding Producers Joan Howard and Rebecca Longworth) announced today the full 11-performance schedule for their fifth annual summer touring production, a pirate-themed, participatory play entitled Shiver We Timbers! (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Presents The World Premiere Musical THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is proud to present the world premiere musical, The Royal Family of Broadway. Previews begin June 7, with an official Opening Night on June 13, with performances through July 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). (more...)

VIDEO: William Finn Chats About His New Musical THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY
by Stage Tube - Jun 7, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is proud to present the world premiere musical, The Royal Family of Broadway. Check out the show's composer William Finn discussing his new work below! (more...)

Notre Dame Academy's XANADU Takes Top Honors At 8th Annual Minty Awards On Staten Island
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2018

The Minty Organization's, Minty Awards, honoring excellence in Staten Island's Catholic High School Musicals, were presented to a SRO audience on Sunday, June 3 at the historic St. George Theatre. (more...)

Magnificent Bastard Productions Presents SHIT-FACED SHOWTIME: OLIVER With a Twist
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2018

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

World Premiere Of CLUB TROPICANA THE MUSICAL to Tour the UK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2018

Take a fun-packed trip back in time to the electric 80's with the world premiere of Club Tropicana The Musical, a summer adventure of love in the sun, with a soundtrack of smash-hit pop classics - it really is the feel-good musical of the year! (more...)

Review Roundup: Barrington Stage's THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY With Music and Lyrics by William Finn
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, presents the world premiere musical, The Royal Family of Broadway. Performances run through July 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). (more...)

Zachary James Steps Down From Opera Ithaca
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

Opera Ithaca has announced that Zachary James, Founder and General Director of Opera Ithaca, has stepped down from his position. Opera Ithaca has planned a national search for the vacant position while Artistic Director Lynn Craver and Board of Directors Treasurer Dan Taylor will run the company in the interim. Opera Ithaca's previously announced 5th season will continue as scheduled with James returning to the company to direct Hamlet and sing Carl Magnus in a Little Night Music. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY Celebrates Opening Night at Barrington Stage Company
by Stephen Sorokoff - Jun 14, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Barrington Stage Company's THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY. The show is now on stage through July 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.  See the cast take their opening night bows below! (more...)

Cast Aside Productions Announces Winners Of Maine High School Musical Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2018

Cast Aside Productions has announced the inaugural winners of the CAP Awards for Excellence in Maine's High School Musical Theater. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at Barrington Stage's THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY With Music and Lyrics by William Finn
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Barrington Stage Company's The Royal Family of Broadway. The show is now on stage through July 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. Get a first look at the show in the video below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Barrington Stage's THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY, With Music and Lyrics by William Finn
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, presents the world premiere musical, The Royal Family of Broadway. Previews began June 7, and the show officially opens tonight, June 13. Performances run through July 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Presents The World Premiere Musical THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is proud to present the world premiere musical, The Royal Family of Broadway. Previews begin June 7, with an official Opening Night on June 13, with performances through July 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). (more...)

ROMEO AND JULIET Return to DC For Annual Free For All
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2018

Free For All, one of the capital's cherished annual traditions, will return this summer to Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), offering two weeks of free performances of the Company's 2016 production of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. Directed by STC Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul, whose hit production of Camelot has extended through July 8 due to popular demand, the production will run at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F St NW) from August 21-September 2, providing more than 12,000 people the chance to see the play free of charge. (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2018 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special - Jun 10, 2018

The 72nd Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 10th at 8/9c hosted by Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles. 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...)

2018-2019 On Stage At The Halloran Centre Season Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

Today, the Orpheum Theatre Group announced the lineup for the 2018-2019 On Stage at the Halloran Centre series. In addition to the 13-part music Series and 3-part theatre Series, the On Stage season will introduce Kafe Kirk: a special concert series created by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Memphis native, Kirk Whalum. Tickets for all events are on sale now. (more...)

Arianna Rosario to Lead Bay Street Theater's EVITA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the full cast and creative team for EVITA, a revival of the revolutionary musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Will Pomerantz and choreographed by Marcos Santana. The production will run as the final production in Bay Street Theater's 2018 Mainstage Season, from July 31 - August 26, 2018. Single tickets are on sale now, and tickets are also still available as part of a Mainstage Subscription. (more...)

Gateway Continues Season with NUNSENSE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

The Gateway season continues with the "habit forming" Nunsense running from June 8 until June 23at The Gateway Playhouse in Bellport Village (Previews begin June 6.) (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Presents The World Premiere Musical THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is proud to present the world premiere musical, The Royal Family of Broadway. Previews begin June 7, with an official Opening Night on June 13, with performances through July 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). (more...)

Florida Studio Theatre Announces Its 5th Summer Cabaret Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2018

Florida Studio Theatre announces its 5th Summer Cabaret Season with three delightfully inventive music revues. Carole's Kings kicks off the season with laughter and smooth harmonies in a unique tribute to one of America's most beloved singer-songwriters, Carole King. Following right behind are The Swingaroos with an all-new show, Music of the Night, celebrating the past century of Broadway hits. Capping off the Cabaret season is Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged, a stripped-down, funky salute to the 19th century composing duo. The season opens on June 14 and runs through September 23 in FST's Court Cabaret. Single tickets range from $36-39. A subscription to all three Cabaret shows can be purchased for as little as $49. Subscriptions and single tickets can be purchased in person at the FST Box Office, by calling (941) 366-9000, or online at FloridaStudioTheatre.org. (more...)

Laura Michelle Kelly, Chip Zien, Debra Jo Rupp Join Line-Up for Barrington Stage's 2018 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2018

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires (Pittsfield, MA) under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is pleased to announce initial casting for the 2018 Season. (more...)

Photo Throwback: Tim Curry Stars in AMADEUS in 1982
by Walter McBride - Apr 30, 2018

Take a look back into BroadwayWorld's archives with this throwback from when Tim Curry starred in Amadeus in 1982! Check out the photo below! (more...)

BWW Previews: NYGASP GALA Honoring Sheldon Harnick - Featuring Laura Benanti
by Cole Grissom - Apr 25, 2018

Gilbert, of Gilbert and Sullivan, was a lyrical wizard, crafting rhyme scheme and word play that titillates audiences still today - more on that here. His influence has burst through the walls of the theater, permeating myriad markets. And with his influence as far reaching as South Park, it's safe to say that today's lyricists are finding inspiration from him as well: enter Sheldon Harnick. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 4/20/2018
by BWW - Apr 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2018 for Philadelphia (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Miami - Week of 4/20/2018
by BWW - Apr 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2018 for Miami (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Las Vegas - Week of 4/20/2018
by BWW - Apr 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2018 for Las Vegas (more...)

Brief 4/19: MY FAIR LADY Opens, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 19, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: My Fair Lady opens on Broadway, and more! (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Josh Shaw of DON GIOVANNI at The Vortex
by Maria Nockin - Apr 13, 2018

Artistic and Executive Director of Pacific Opera Project (POP) Josh Shaw was recently named 'One of Musical America's Top 30 Innovators in Classical Music.' Over the past six seasons, he has directed 23 productions at POP including THE RAKE'S PROGRESS, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, and LA CALISTO. His reimagining of THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO as an episode of Star Trek has gained national attention and has been produced by seven companies. (more...)

Wilbury Group Closes 2017/18 Season With THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

The Wilbury Theatre Group closes it's 2017/18 season with a wicked and rambunctious new adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic masterpiece, The Pirates of Penzance (Or, The Slave of Duty) May 17-June 3, 2018. (more...)

Photo Flash: TELL ME ON A SUNDAY Set to Open at Walnut Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

Walnut Street Theatre's 2017-18 Independence Studio on 3 Season concludes with Andrew Lloyd Webber's romantic musical TELL ME ON A SUNDAY. Directed by Debi Marcucci and starring The Phantom of the Opera's Julia Udine, the production begins with previews on April 10th, opens on April 12th, and continues through June 10th in the Walnut's Independence Studio on 3. (more...)

The Falmouth Chorale Presents MAKE 'EM LAUGH
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

The Falmouth Chorale, led by Artistic Director John Yankee, presents Make 'Em Laugh, on Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, 4 pm, at John Wesley United Methodist Church, 270 Gifford Street in Falmouth. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with National Youth Theatre's THE FALL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2018

For the first time, the National Youth Theatre (NYT) will have a three-week engagement at Southwark Playhouse with Olivier Award nominee and NYT Alumni James Fritz's (Parliament Square, Four Minutes Twelve Seconds) The Fall. (more...)

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