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St. James Theatre (Broadway) (New York, NY)
246 West 44th St.

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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.


MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET Comes to Oceanside Theatre Company 12/15 - 23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2017

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) to present MIRACLE ON 34th STREET, the second show in their 2017/2018 Season. The production is directed by Heather Reba with musical direction by Noelle Marie Kerr . OTC performs at the Brooks Theatre in Oceanside. (more...)

New Line's Season Continues With Zombies, The Smart Set, and Yeasts!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2017

New Line Theatre, the bad boy of musical theatre, continues its 27th season of adult, alternative musical theatre, with a public reading of the new/old musical THE ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE, 'Gilbert & Sullivan's original operatic abomination,' free and open to the public, on January 8 for one night only; followed by Cole Porter's satiric masterpiece ANYTHING GOES, running March 1-24, 2018; and the St. Louis premiere of the world's first bio-historical musical comedy, YEAST NATION, written by the Urinetown team, running May 31-June 23, 2018. All shows will be in the company's home, the Marcelle Theater, in the Grand Center Arts District. (more...)

Deborah L. Armstrong Named New Director of Education for Lakewood Playhouse's Institute of Theatre Program
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2017

The LAKEWOOD PLAYHOUSE is proud to announce the NEW EDUCATION DIRECTOR for their LAKEWOOD INSTITUTE of THEATRE! Please join as we are proud to announce the Promotion of Deborah L. Armstrong from the Position as our Education Production Manger to the role of our New Director of Education. (more...)

Chatswood Musical Society Changes Name to North Shore Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2018

After 66 years as one of Sydney's longest running musical theatre companies, Chatswood Musical Society has changed its name to North Shore Theatre Company effective 1 January 2018. With 145 productions since 1951, Chatswood Musical Society has played in the old Bailey Hall, Chatswood Concourse, Mosman Town Hall, Zenith Theatre, PLC Pymble and currently at North Sydney's Independent Theatre. Having attracted audiences from the wider North Shore community for well over six decades, the company felt it long overdue to acknowledge the wider community it serves and establish itself as Sydney's premiere Northside theatre company. (more...)

Opera Ithaca Presents BULLY PULPIT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2018

Opera Ithaca presents the regional premiere of Bully Pulpit, a 20 minute English-language opera electronica from composer Kristin Hevner and librettist Royce Vavrek. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - January 5, 2018
by - Jan 5, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on January 5 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Spectacle Meets Sleight of Hand in THE MAGIC PLAY at Actors Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2018

Artistic Director Les Waters and Managing Director Kevin E. Moore announce the cast and creative team for The Magic Play. Featuring magic created by Brett Schneider, The Magic Play by Andrew Hinderaker will be directed by Halena Kays. Performances begin January 23 and run through February 11 in the Pamela Brown Auditorium, as part of the Brown-Forman Series. Tickets are available at 502.584.1205, online at ActorsTheatre.org or in person by visiting the Actors Theatre Box Office at 316 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202. (more...)

Kendra Kassebaum to Lead 5th Avenue Theatre's New Production of MAMMA MIA!, Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

Rehearsals begin today for The 5th Avenue Theatre's new production of Mamma Mia!, the celebrated musical that features the music of global pop sensation ABBA. The 5th Avenue Theatre is the first producing theater company in the Pacific Northwest to be granted the rights to create its own refreshed version of the show, which toured the world for nearly 20 years. (more...)

THE DANCING CLUB Announces National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2018

The Dancing Club is a new play for community owned spaces, school and village halls, libraries, arts centres and theatres. Produced by Pippa Frith and written and directed by Caroline Jester, The Dancing Club is based around the remarkable and inspirational true story of Kidderminster legends Frank and Wynn Freeman and their selfless drive to get a town dancing. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Lakewood Playhouse presents AMERICAN IDIOT by Green Day
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2018

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the THIRD SHOW of our 79th SEASON: The South Sound Premier of the Rock Opera AMERICAN IDIOT by Green Day (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre to present Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2018

Long Wharf Theatre, under the direction of Managing Director Joshua Borenstein, presents Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Comic Mystery, directed by Brendon Fox. (more...)

Norma Luther, Ernie Nolan Named 'Theaterati of the Year' at Midwinter's First Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 29, 2018

Ernie Nolan, executive artistic director of Nashville Children's Theatre, and Norma Luther, who took over ownership of Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre and spearheaded its renaissance in 2017, last night claimed top honors as "Theaterati of the Year" at Midwinter's First Night at Music Valley Event Center. (more...)

BWW Review: The Hypocrites Turn Theatre into a Party for Pasadena Playhouse's PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Ellen Dostal - Jan 28, 2018

Say what you will, The Hypocrites have found a way to transform traditional theatre into a form of entertainment that appeals to folks who'd rather go to a party than sit in a theater. And they've done it using Gilbert & Sullivan's operetta The Pirates of Penzance. No joke. (more...)

PIRATES OF PENZANCE Extends At Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2018

 The wackiest beach party in town continues! Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California, announces a one-week extension of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, as reimagined by the Chicago theatre hooligans The Hypocrites, now through February 25, due to high demand.  Tickets are now on sale at pasadenaplayhouse.org or by calling 626-356-7529. (more...)

Sharriese Hamilton and James Earl Jones II Star In Porchlight's THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Porchlight Music Theatre continues its fifth season of Chicago's lost musicals in staged concert series with Porchlight Revisits They're Playing Our Song, starring Sharriese Hamilton and James Earl Jones II, music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager and book by Neil Simon, with direction and choreography by Christopher Carter and musical direction by Andra Velis Simon. Porchlight Revisits They're Playing our Song is presented for three-nights-only Tuesday, March 6 through Thursday, March 8 at 7:15 p.m. and is performed on the set of Porchlight's Merrily We Roll Along (previews begin January 26) at Porchlight's new home, The Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street. Tickets for They're Playing Our Song are $35. All tickets include access to the popular pre-performance event, Behind the Show Backstory, a multimedia presentation, created and hosted by Porchlight Music Theatre Artistic Director Michael Weber that discusses the evening's production including the show's creative history, juicy backstage gossip and the state of the art on Broadway that season. Single tickets to They're Playing Our Song and subscriptions for the entire series are available at porchlightmusictheatre.org or by calling the Porchlight Music Theatre box office at 773.777.9884. (more...)

Music Theater Works Announces Exciting 2018 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) 2018 season opens with Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance (June 9-17), followed by Cole Porter's ANYTHING GOES (August 18-26), JUDY GARLAND: COME RAIN OR COME SHINE, STARRING ANGELA INGERSOLL (October 5-14), and Stephen Sondheim's INTO THE WOODS (December 22-31). (more...)

Riverside Theatre For Kids Presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2018

Riverside Theatre for Kids, the educational arm of Riverside Theatre, presents a benefit performance of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, Jr. on January 5 & 6 to assist performers going to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta on January 12-14, 2018. (more...)

Park Square Hits The High Seas With THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

Park Square continues its 43rd season on the Proscenium Stage with a new adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's operatic romp The Pirates of Penzance. Inspired by a true story, director Doug Scholz-Carlson has reimagined the perennial favorite that puts the composer themselves smack in the middle of their own farce. The pair's lush score includes some of their most famous songs, including I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General and Poor Wand'ring One. The production stars local favorites Bradley Greenwald* as the Pirate King and Christina Baldwin* as the Major General. (more...)

Palm Beach Opera Opens Season With Puccini's TOSCA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2018

Palm Beach Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's Tosca for one weekend only, Jan. 26-28, at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. (more...)

The Laurie Beechman Presents The Life And Art Of Erte: One Night Only
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2018

Erte was nicknamed 'the father of Art Deco', a soubriquet that he was not comfortable with but it unfortunately stuck. He was born into Russian aristocracy and his family tree can be traced back to the Tartar kahns. He was greatly influenced by books on Persian and Indian miniatures in his father's library and by his beloved Greek vases that he studied during frequent trips as a boy to the Hermitage Museum. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Announces 2018 Season Featuring WEST SIDE STORY, DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2, and World Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

Barrington Stage Company and Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, has announced the 2018 season, which will feature three world premieres, including a major new musical from Tony Awards winners William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, a new play from Off Broadway Alliance Award winner Lloyd Suh, and the first major production of a work from an exciting young playwright, Rachel Lynett. (more...)

3-D Theatricals presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018

The untold tale of four rock n' roll pioneers and takes center stage when the hit Broadway musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET returns to Southern California... courtesy of 3-D Theatricals (3DT), one of Los Angeles' and Orange County's most critically acclaimed musical theatre production companies. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 9, 2018
by - Feb 9, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Palm Beach Opera Announces 2018-2019 Season Including Exciting New Concert
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2018

???????Palm Beach Opera today announced its 2018-2019 mainstage opera season, which will include performances of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni, and Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, as well as a new concert, Rising Stars of Opera. All of Palm Beach Opera's thrilling and elaborate productions will be performed in the Dreyfoos Concert Hall at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.  (more...)

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Attend PIRATES OF PENZANCE At Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

 The wackiest beach party in town continues! Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California, announces a one-week extension of Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, as reimagined by the Chicago theatre hooligans The Hypocrites, now through February 25, due to high demand.  Tickets are now on sale at pasadenaplayhouse.org or by calling 626-356-7529. (more...)

The Center For The Arts THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

Members of The Flora L. Thornton Opera Program will perform W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's most popular comic operetta "The Pirates of Penzance" at Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre from Wednesday, February 21 through Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. (more...)

K. Lorrel Manning and Martin Van Treuren Lead TBG's A WALK IN THE WOODS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2018

The Barrow Group Theatre Company (Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, Co-Artistic Directors; Robert Serrell, Executive Director), recipient of a Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Award, concludes their 2017-2018 season with the New York revival of A Walk in the Woods, a play by Lee Blessing. Directed by Donna Jean (DJ) Fogel, the two-member cast features K. Lorrel Manning as John Honeyman, an American negotiator and Martin Van Treuren as Andrey Botvinnik, a career Russian diplomat. (more...)

Opera Grand Rapids Announces STABAT MATER and FOUR SACRED SONGS
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2018

Opera Grand Rapids announces upcoming performances of STABAT MATER by Gioachino Rossini and FOUR SACRED SONGS by Giuseppe Verdi on Saturday, March 24 - 3:00 PM at Christ Memorial Church, Holland and Sunday, March 25 - 7:30 PM at First Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids. (more...)

March At Overture Features Touring Artists, Free Programs And Galleries
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2018

March line-up of Overture Presents and community programs provide engagement, entertainment and educational opportunities for all ages. (more...)

Palm Beach Opera Renews Contract Of Chief Conductor Maestro David Stern
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018

Palm Beach Opera is proud to announce it is renewing Chief Conductor Maestro David Stern's contract with the company for another three-year term, which will include conducting two mainstage productions for the upcoming 2018-2019 season. (more...)

Yale Rep Presents Suzan-Lori Parks's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, Parts 1, 2 & 3
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

Yale Repertory Theatre (James Bundy, Artistic Director; Victoria Nolan, Managing Director) presents Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Liz Diamond, March 16-April 7, at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, March 22. Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts 1, 2 & 3 is a co-production with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where it will play April 25-May 20. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 19, 2018
by - Feb 19, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Music Theater Works Announces Spring Gala Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2018

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, Music Theater Works will celebrate its 2018 season with the annual spring gala benefit at the Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northfield, Illinois. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 17, 2018
by - Feb 17, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 17 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

The Gilbert And Sullivan Players Bring A Swashbuckling PIRATES OF PENZANCE To The McCallum Theatre
by David Green - Feb 15, 2018

This New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production is your chance to get carried away by pirates. Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty "model of a modern Major-General" for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall. The McCallum Theatre presents the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' production of The Pirates of Penzance on Wednesday, March 7, at 8:00pm. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company Announces 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2018

???????Michael Kahn today announces Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2018-2019 Season. With two world premieres from celebrated playwrights, a multiple Tony Award-winning presentation, a dynamic adaptation of a classic novel, two Shakespeare plays and a group of acclaimed directors and artists, it is an ambitious grand finale for STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, who will retire from the company at the end of the Season. (more...)

THE HOST, THE FALL and DNA Set for National Youth Theatre's Spring 2018 Programme
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2017

The UK's leading youth arts organisation, The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain (NYT) today announces a spring 2018 programme as the 2017 season draws to a close. Nessah Muthy's award-nominated The Host, which follows the life of a Syrian refugee in the UK, will return in February following its acclaimed run at The Yard Theatre. (more...)

Shana Farr to Tribute Barbara Cook in 'IT'S NOT WHERE YOU START' at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Shana Farr in 'It's Not Where You Start: The Songbook of Barbara Cook' on Sat., Feb. 3 at 9:30pm. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 31, 2017
by - Dec 31, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 31 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 30, 2017
by - Dec 30, 2017

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...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 12/30/2017
by - Dec 30, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 12/30/2017. (more...)


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BWW's On This Day - December 23, 2017
by - Dec 23, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 23 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards; Just One Week Left!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)

Wacky Beach Party PIRATES OF PENZANCE Comes to Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2017

Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California, reinvents its theatre to present Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance, as reimagined by the Chicago theatre hooligans The Hypocrites. This wacky beach party with flying beach balls, rubber duckies, ukuleles, banjos, plastic swimming pools, and a tiki bar brings the audience on stage for a night they won't forget. (more...)

Lakewood Playhouse Presents GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2017

The Lakewood Playhouse is proud to present the THIRD SHOW of our 79th SEASON: The South Sound Premier of the Rock Opera AMERICAN IDIOT by Green Day (more...)

Vote For the 2017 BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards; Just Two Weeks Left!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2017

The 2017 awards honor productions which opened between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017. Nominations were completely reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended October 31, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. (more...)

PETER PAN to Fly to Music Theater Works This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2017

Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) presents PETER PANat Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, December 23, 2017 through January 1, 2018. (more...)

Opera Ithaca to Stage Gala Production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2017

Opera Ithaca presents their 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Gala featuring Gilbert and Sullivan's, The Pirates of Penzance, in a gala production at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca on December 31st with a special additional concert performance at the Smith Opera House in Geneva, New York on December 30th. (more...)

The House Theatre Of Chicago Announces All-New Production Of HATFIELD AND MCCOY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2017

The House Theatre of Chicago announces an all-new production of Hatfield & McCoy, written by The House's Company Member Shawn Pfautsch and directed by The House's Company Member Matt Hawkinsplaying at the Chopin Upstairs Theatre, 1543 W. Division St., January 19 - March 11, 2018. (more...)

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