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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.

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by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 31, 2022
The Lucky Star, produced by Douglas Denoff & Beth Goldsmith, The Directors Company, and 59E59 Theaters will conclude its limited engagement on Sunday, June 12 as originally planned. The production began previews on April 26, 2022, and opened May 5, 2022 in Theatre A. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 26, 2022
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced the cast and crew of Anna in the Tropics, winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize and the second show of the 2022 Mainstage Season, with previews starting June 28.
by Team BWW - May 25, 2022
Joe Papp, founder of The Public Theater, Free Shakespeare in the Park and producer of groundbreaking plays like Hair, A Chorus Line and for colored girls, created a 'theater of inclusion' based on the belief that great art is for everyone.
by Marissa Tomeo - May 15, 2022
3-D THEATRICALS is finally back and are thrilled to invite you to “Seize the Day” as they present the high-flying NEWSIES, book by Harvey Fierstein, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, musical conductor is Julie Lamoureux, vocal director is Crystal Barron, choreography by Chaz Wolcott (recreating the original Broadway choreography by Christopher Gattelli) and directed by T.J. Dawson. NEWSIES will preview on Friday, May 13, 2022 (with a press opening on Saturday, May 14 at 8pm) and runs through Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 18000 Park Plaza Drive in Cerritos.  
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022
Tickets are still available for the concert presented by The Riverside Opera Ensemble at Merkin Hall featuring Tony nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime) and Nathan R. Matthews who is producing as well as performing in the show. 
by Stephi Wild - May 12, 2022
After the company's smash hit success at Opera Holland Park with 'The Pirates of Penzance', Charles Court Opera, the award-winning “masters of Gilbert & Sullivan”, will present their side-splitting, OFFIE-nominated, railway murder mystery spoof, which rips through ballads, songs and snatches from every single G&S opera with a cake soaked butter knife!
by Stephi Wild - May 12, 2022
Directed by John Savournin, musically directed by David Eaton (the team behind the smash hit 'The Pirates of Penzance 'at Opera Holland Park) and designed by Simon Bejer (winner of Best Opera at the Offies), audiences can expect first class performances from a terrific young cast, led by Catriona Hewitson in the title role (recently starring in Scottish Opera's 'The Gondoliers'), and a host of beloved CCO regulars, including Matthew Kellett and Catrine Kirkman.
by Stephi Wild - May 11, 2022
The Center for the Arts at George Mason University announced today its 2022/2023 season of mainstage performances, featuring a diverse lineup of artists and ensembles across many genres, as part of Great Performances at Mason and the Family Series.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 10, 2022
Bristol Riverside Theatre will close its season with a chance to see Hollywood notable Aaron Sorkin’s groundbreaking debut that tells the story of a group of military lawyers assigned to defend two Marines in Guantanamo Bay.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 8, 2022
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players will return to New York for its 47th season, and its first full production since January 2020, with one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most famed works, The Pirates of Penzance.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022
The Green Room 42 has announced their April line-up for in-person performances. Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest and most spacious cabaret club.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 30, 2022
Last chance to 'sail the ocean blue' with Sasha Regan's smash hit award-nominated All-Male Company at Wilton's Music Hall. Must end in London on 9th April before setting sail to the Theatre Royal Winchester from 21st - 27th April.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 28, 2022
The cast and creative team for the Broadway-bound limited engagement of The Kite Runner at The Hayes Theater (240 West 44th Street) this summer.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 24, 2022
Opera San José supporters gathered virtually tonight to welcome new General Director Shawna Lucey and hear her unveil plans for the company's 2022–23 season, a joyful lineup that offers audiences a renewed chance to gather and celebrate live performances.
by Kay Kudukis - Mar 20, 2022
I've mentioned before that I don't generally care for musicals. Never have. I did fall in love with West Side Story as a kid, but when other movies like Oklahoma!, Carousel, Paint Your Wagon, and yes, even Annie Get Your Gun came on tv, I was outta there. This is how it has been for most of my life (although I did get to see Wicked on Broadway, and wowzer!)
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 2, 2022
The full cast & creative team has been announced for the Directors Company’s production of The Lucky Star by Karen Hartman, part of the inaugural VOLT Festival at 59E59. Directed by Noah Himmelstein (Rooted), The Lucky Star begins previews on April 26, 2022, in Theater A and opens May 5 for a run through June 12, 2022.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 16, 2022
Sasha Regan's award-winning All-Male Gilbert & Sullivan Company sails into Wilton's Music Hall from tonight, Wednesday16th March until Saturday 9th April, for another exciting nautical adventure.
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 14, 2022
For anyone who's dreamed of appearing on the Cincinnati Music Hall stage, Cincinnati Opera is ready to give you your moment in the spotlight. No singing or acting skills are required!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 11, 2022
Come and 'sail the ocean blue' with Sasha Regan's smash hit All-Male H.M.S. Pinafore which docks at Wilton's Music Hall next week for another nautical adventure.
by Stephi Wild - Mar 1, 2022
Come and 'sail the ocean blue' with Sasha Regan's smash hit award-winning All-Male Gilbert & Sullivan crew. The merry sailors and their gorgeous lasses will down anchor at Wilton's Music Hall for another nautical adventure in just 2 weeks' time, on Wednesday 16th March.
by Stephi Wild - Jun 8, 2022
Cincinnati Opera celebrates the kickoff of its 2022 Summer Festival with two free community events on Sunday, June 12.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 3, 2022
Paper Mill has announced the return of its popular Brookside Cabaret starting Wednesday, June 29. The outdoor series features world-class performers and fine dining under the stars at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House Restaurant. 
by Stephi Wild - Jun 29, 2022
With music and lyrics by Genesis drummer and singer Phil Collins, Tarzan is based on the 1999 Disney film and staged by Laughing Horse Productions at the Koorliny Arts Centre. 
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 27, 2022
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has released production photos of Anna in the Tropics, the second show of the 2022 Mainstage Season.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 27, 2022
Nashville Opera has announced its 2022-23 season with a lineup of classic favorites and noteworthy company premieres. The season opens in September with La Bohème.
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 27, 2022
This July 6 through 10, Cincinnati Opera continues its 2022 Summer Festival with two uplifting productions: the world premiere of Fierce (July 6, 9, 10 at SCPA's Corbett Theater), with music by William Menefield and libretto by Sheila Williams, and Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious The Pirates of Penzance (July 7, 8, 10 at Cincinnati Music Hall).
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 16, 2022
The full cast has been announced for the Sadler’s Wells season and UK and Ireland Tour of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S SOUTH PACIFIC.
by Team BWW - Jun 11, 2022
Which Best Musical and Best Play nominees will win a Tony Award? BroadwayWorld has rounded up the winners of the Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Awards, the Drama League Awards and the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the last fifty years to compare winners year by year.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 5, 2022
Wilton's Music Hall announced an Autumn season for August-December 2022, with an impressive array of world-class theatre, music, comedy and opera in collaboration with a variety of distinguished production companies and talent.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 22, 2022
There once was a young girl named Beauty who didn't seem to fit in. Her nose was always stuck in a book and unlike her sisters, she wasn’t looking for a Prince Charming to rescue her. What she wanted was adventure and thats just what she found. Meet the cast below and join us as we open this weekend!
by Stephi Wild - Feb 17, 2022
Regan De Wynter Williams Productions has announced Sasha Regan's All-Male H.M.S. Pinafore crew. Gilbert & Sullivan's much-loved operetta will run at Wilton's Music Hall from 16th March - 9th April before sailing to the Theatre Royal Winchester from 21st April - 27th April.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 15, 2022
FEINSTEIN’S/54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, will present Shana Farr in Whistling Away the Dark: The Songbook of Julie Andrews on Sunday, March 13 at 7:00PM.
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 9, 2022
This May, Opera San José will play host to the nation’s next generation of opera stars during its Irene Dalis Vocal Competition, named for the internationally-acclaimed mezzo-soprano who founded Opera San José.
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 7, 2022
Producer Douglas Denoff and 59E59 Theaters have announced the full cast and creative team of The Directors Company's production of The Lucky Star by Karen Hartman, part of the inaugural VOLT Festival at 59E59. Directed by Noah Himmelstein (Rooted), The Lucky Star begins previews on April 26, 2022, in Theater A and opens May 5 for a run through June 12, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 7, 2022
Disney’s beloved Olivier Award-winning stage musical Beauty and the Beast - re-imagined and re-designed in a completely new production staged by members of the original award-winning creative team - will come to London in Summer 2022, as part of its UK & Ireland Tour.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 7, 2022
Bristol Riverside Theatre (120 Radcliffe Street) closes its season with a chance to see Hollywood notable Aaron Sorkin's groundbreaking debut that tells the story of a group of military lawyers assigned to defend two Marines in Guantanamo Bay.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 4, 2022
Nathan R. Matthews is producing and performing in a concert for The Riverside Opera Ensemble at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center on May 16th. Tony nominee Christiane Noll (Ragtime) and Grammy winner Edward Parks (The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs) will headline the concert of new music by Dreamworks composer Drew Fornarola and Matthews himself.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 4, 2022
St. Mary Catholic High School will produce the World Premiere of Bethany Paulsen's relevant new drama—Castlewood. 
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022
The Green Room 42 has announced their May line-up for in-person performances. Located inside YOTEL Times Square (570 Tenth Avenue, Fourth Floor), The Green Room 42 is Broadway's newest and most spacious cabaret club.
by Jared Fessler - Apr 28, 2022
Cody Rigsby is a former professional dancer, Cody brings energy, movement and authenticity to everything he does. Born in the West but raised in the South, Cody always dreamed of a life in the big city. Now that he proudly calls NYC home-and the best city in the world-he strives to be the best version of himself while inspiring Members to be the same. Cody reminds everyone in his class to push themselves, but have a good time doing it, because we all need to have a little more fun.
by Stephi Wild - Apr 28, 2022
The Muny announced today that Brittney Mack, Nasia Thomas, Evan Tyrone Martin, Tracee Beazer, Gilbert Domally and Nicole Michelle Haskins will star in the moving and affirming tale,The Color Purple, August 12-18, 2022. The Muny and Regional Premiere is directed by Lili-Anne Brown, choreographed by Breon Arzell, with music direction by Jermaine Hill.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 25, 2022
Don't miss all the joyous comedy, singing and dancing from Sasha Regan's award-nominated crew on board the All-Male H.M.S. Pinafore at the Theatre Royal Winchester, but you will need to hurry...must end this Wednesday 27th April.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 21, 2022
3-D Theatricals will be presenting the high-flying NEWSIES, book by Harvey Fierstein, music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, musical conductor is Julie Lamoureux, vocal director is Crystal Barron, choreography by Chaz Wolcott (recreating the original Broadway choreography by Christopher Gattelli) and directed by T.J. Dawson.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 21, 2022
Pacific Opera Project today announces its 2022-2023 season of performances, marking a return to a fully in-person season following two years of engaging virtual, hybrid, and outdoor content.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 20, 2022
Following their run in London, Sasha Regan's award-nominated All-Male H.M.S. Pinafore crew dock at the Theatre Royal Winchester from Thursday 21st - Wednesday 27th April.
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 18, 2022
The Ziegfeld Theater will present The Pirates of Penzance. This production is presented with amazing aerial elements and is flipped upside down by gender swapping every role. 
by Stephi Wild - Apr 14, 2022
Following their widely acclaimed run in London, Sasha Regan's award-nominated All-Male H.M.S. Pinafore crew are sailing towards the Theatre Royal Winchester where they will dock from 21st -27th April.
by Rebecca Kaplan - Apr 14, 2022
Pirates of Penzance is a charming, lightly funny musical of inconsequential plot. The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) put on a splendid production at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse.
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 11, 2022
On Monday April 18th at 11:00 am, veteran and award-winning actor and play director Darryl Maximilian Robinson will join long-time entertainment journalist and host Ron Brewington to discuss his most recent stage role of Mayor George Shinn in a new local revival of Meredith Willson's classic musical 'The Music Man' and the many contributions of the late, great screen legend Sir Sidney Poitier during his 4th visit to the Los Angeles-produced internet performing arts television show 'The Actor's Choice' which will stream live on YouTube.

The Pirates of Penzance Frequently Asked Questions

What other productions of The Pirates of Penzance have their been?
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What productions of The Pirates of Penzance have their been?
The Pirates of Penzance has had 51 productions including Broadway which opened in 1900, Broadway which opened in 1900, Broadway which opened in 1912, Broadway which opened in 1912, Broadway which opened in 1918, Broadway which opened in 1918, Broadway which opened in 1926, Broadway which opened in 1926, Broadway which opened in 1927, Broadway which opened in 1927, Broadway which opened in 1931, Broadway which opened in 1931, Broadway which opened in 1933, Broadway which opened in 1933, Broadway which opened in 1934, Broadway which opened in 1934, Broadway which opened in 1934, Broadway which opened in 1934, Broadway which opened in 1935, Broadway which opened in 1935, Broadway which opened in 1936, Broadway which opened in 1936, Broadway which opened in 1936, Broadway which opened in 1939, Broadway which opened in 1940, Broadway which opened in 1942, Broadway which opened in 1944, Broadway which opened in 1946, Broadway which opened in 1946, Broadway which opened in 1948, Broadway which opened in 1949, Broadway which opened in 1949, Broadway which opened in 1951, Broadway which opened in 1952, Broadway which opened in 1952, Broadway which opened in 1955, Broadway which opened in 1955, Off-Broadway which opened in 1961, Broadway which opened in 1976, Broadway which opened in 1976, Off-Broadway which opened in 1977, Off-Broadway which opened in 1979, Broadway which opened in 1981, Broadway which opened in 1981, US Tour which opened in 1981, West End which opened in 1982, Off-Off-Broadway which opened in 1986, Off-Broadway which opened in 2006, East Haddam, CT (Regional) which opened in 2006, Milburn, NJ (Regional) which opened in 2007 and West End which opened in 2017.

What songs are in The Pirates of Penzance and what's the order?
Pour, O Pour The Pirate Sherry
When Frederic Was A Little Lad
Oh, Better Far To Live And Die
Oh False One, You Have Deceived Me!
What Shall I Do
Climbing Over Rocky Mountains
Stop, Ladies, Pray!
Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast
Poor Wandering One
What Ought We To Do?
How Beautifully Blue The Sky
Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses
Here's a First Rate Opportunity
Hold, Monsters!
I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General
Oh, Men Of Dark And Dismal Fate
Oh, Dry The Glistening Tear
Then Frederic
When The Foeman Bares His Steel
Now For The Pirates' Lair!
When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold
Away, Away! My Heart's On Fire
All Is Prepared
Stay, Frederic, Stay!
No, I Am Brave
When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment
A Rollicking Band Of Pirates We
With Cat-Like Tread, Upon Our Prey We Steal
Hush, Hush! Not a Word
Sighing Softly To The River
Now What Is This?
My Eyes Are Fully Open
Sorry Her Lot
Pour, O Pour The Pirate Sherry
When Frederic Was A Little Lad
Oh, Better Far To Live And Die
Oh, False One, You Have Deceived Me
Climbing Over Rocky Mountain
Stop, Ladies, Pray!
Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast?
Poor Wandering One
What Ought We To Do?
How Beautifully Blue The Sky
Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses
Hold Monsters
I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General
Oh, Men Of Dark And Dismal Fate
Oh, Dry The Glistening Tear
Then, Frederic, Let Your Escort Lion-Hearted
When The Foeman Bares His Steel
Now For The Pirates' Lair!
When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold
My Eyes Are Fully Open
Away, Away! My Heart's On Fire!
All Is Prepared
Stay, Frederick, Stay!
Sorry Her Lot
No, I Am Brave!
When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment
A Rollicking Band Of Pirates We
With Cat-Like Tread, Upon Our Prey We Steal
Hush, Hush! Not A Word
Sighing Softly To The River
Finale

What is the order of songs in The Pirates of Penzance and what's the order?
Pour, O Pour The Pirate Sherry
When Frederic Was A Little Lad
Oh, Better Far To Live And Die
Oh False One, You Have Deceived Me!
What Shall I Do
Climbing Over Rocky Mountains
Stop, Ladies, Pray!
Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast
Poor Wandering One
What Ought We To Do?
How Beautifully Blue The Sky
Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses
Here's a First Rate Opportunity
Hold, Monsters!
I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General
Oh, Men Of Dark And Dismal Fate
Oh, Dry The Glistening Tear
Then Frederic
When The Foeman Bares His Steel
Now For The Pirates' Lair!
When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold
Away, Away! My Heart's On Fire
All Is Prepared
Stay, Frederic, Stay!
No, I Am Brave
When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment
A Rollicking Band Of Pirates We
With Cat-Like Tread, Upon Our Prey We Steal
Hush, Hush! Not a Word
Sighing Softly To The River
Now What Is This?
My Eyes Are Fully Open
Sorry Her Lot
Pour, O Pour The Pirate Sherry
When Frederic Was A Little Lad
Oh, Better Far To Live And Die
Oh, False One, You Have Deceived Me
Climbing Over Rocky Mountain
Stop, Ladies, Pray!
Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast?
Poor Wandering One
What Ought We To Do?
How Beautifully Blue The Sky
Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses
Hold Monsters
I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General
Oh, Men Of Dark And Dismal Fate
Oh, Dry The Glistening Tear
Then, Frederic, Let Your Escort Lion-Hearted
When The Foeman Bares His Steel
Now For The Pirates' Lair!
When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold
My Eyes Are Fully Open
Away, Away! My Heart's On Fire!
All Is Prepared
Stay, Frederick, Stay!
Sorry Her Lot
No, I Am Brave!
When A Felon's Not Engaged In His Employment
A Rollicking Band Of Pirates We
With Cat-Like Tread, Upon Our Prey We Steal
Hush, Hush! Not A Word
Sighing Softly To The River
Finale