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St. James Theatre (Broadway) (New York, NY)
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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.


Stars Announced for New Staging of Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

This winter The 5th Avenue Theatre will warm hearts with the West Coast premiere of the Broadway smash hit Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. (more...)

Photo Flash: Swoon with a Sneak Peek at the Stars of Irving Berlin's HOLIDAY INN at The 5th Avenue Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

This winter The 5th Avenue Theatre will warm hearts with the West Coast premiere of the Broadway smash hit Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. Just announced, the cast will ffeature the talents of Seattle stars and 5th Avenue favorites Eric Ankrim (How to Succeed..., First Date, Paint Your Wagon) as Jim Hardy, Sarah Rose Davis (The Pajama Game, How to Succeed...) as Linda Mason, Matt Owen (ELF, Spamalot, A Room with a View) as Ted Hanover and Taryn Darr (The Pajama Game, A Chorus Line) as Lila Dixon. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the leads in costume below! (more...)

SRO Theatre Company presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

SRO Theatre Company's 2017-2018 season, it's 33rd,  opens with The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious, hopeful farce that follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. (more...)

New BENNY & JOON Musical Begins Tonight at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

The Old Globe presents the first show of its 2017-2018 Season, the world premiere musical Benny & Joon, with book by Kirsten Guenther, music by Nolan Gasser, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. Based on the beloved 1993 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture written by Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil, Benny & Joon is directed by Jack Cummings III, Artistic Director of New York's Transport Group. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at SRO's PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by Jerri Shafer - Sep 6, 2017

The Pirates of Penzance is Gilbert and Sullivan's fifth collaboration and follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates' way of life and falls for the beautiful daughter of the Major-General Stanley, Mabel. But when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an 'ingenious paradox' may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of 'The very model of a modern Major-General.' Pirates performs September 7th through September 23rd at MadLab Theatre and Gallery, 227 N. Thirt St. (Downtown) Columbus, Ohio. For more info visit http://www.srotheatre.org/ (more...)

FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL to Burst Back Onto the Stage at Storyhouse Chester
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Following an acclaimed 2016 UK Tour, worldwide smash hit musical Footloose: The Musical will burst back onto the stage in 2017, opening the inaugural touring season at Storyhouse, Chester's brand new £37m theatre, cinema and library, from 5 September for one week only. (more...)

Tony Roberts to Host SUGAR in Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Tony Roberts, celebrated actor of stage and screen, has signed on to host Feinstein's/54 Below's one night only concert of Jule Styne, Bob Merrill, and Peter Stone's Tony nominated musical SUGAR, today September 5th, at 7pm and 9:30pm. (more...)

FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL to Cut Loose at Storyhouse Chester Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Everybody cut loose because Footloose: The Musical is dancing in to Chester's Storyhouse next week on its first visit to the city and marking the first visiting production and the start of the new season. (more...)

Laura Osnes to Return to Cafe Carlyle with 'COCKEYED OPTIMISTS'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2017

Two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes makes her return to Cafe Carlyle with Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Ted Sperling and special guest, two-time Drama Desk nominee Ryan Silverman in Cockeyed Optimists: The World of Rodgers and Hammerstein, September 26-30. (more...)

Grosse Pointe Theatre Opens 70th Anniversary Season with THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2017

The swashbuckling adventure! The fabulous fun! The rollicking romance! Everything you want in a musical! Grosse Pointe Theatre will open its historic 70th season with the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance. (more...)

Grosse Pointe Theatre Opens 70th Anniversary Season with THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2017

The swashbuckling adventure! The fabulous fun! The rollicking romance! Everything you want in a musical! Grosse Pointe Theatre will open its historic 70th season with the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance. (more...)

Michelle Marie Trester and Eric Hellmers Lead Cast of SAME TIME NEXT YEAR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2017

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) announces casting for Same Time Next Year, by Bernard Slade, the first show in their 2017/2018 Season. Their four show season starts in October of 2017 and runs through May of 2018. They perform at the Brooks Theatre in Oceanside. (more...)

DUKE ELLINGTON'S GREATEST HITS Coming to Music Theater Works
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2017

The music of American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington will be celebrated at Music Theater Works, October 6-15, 2017, at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Barry Dennen
by Walter McBride - Sep 28, 2017

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, actor Barry Dennen, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in both the original Broadway and film versions of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, passed away this morning in Burbank, CA where he was in hospice care. According to close friend Lucy Chase Williams, the actor had suffered a brain injury after a fall at home in June. He was 79. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Continues Exploration Series with The Bernstein Songbook
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2017

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced Arias and Barcarolles The Bernstein Songbook will continue the 2017-2018 Explorations Series, Sat., Oct. 14 at 7:30 at the Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral (415 W. 13th St., Kansas City, MO 64105). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Laura Osnes Returns to Cafe Carlyle with Ted Sperling and Special Guest Ryan Silverman
by Stephen Sorokoff - Sep 27, 2017

Even If you have premium seating at a Broadway musical or nightclub you still will not be able to feel that the beautiful girl with the spectacular voice performing on stage is singing just for you, and in your living room! Laura Osnes at Cafe Carlyle last night was acting and singing a few feet away from all of us in The Carlyle's legendary living room with her show called Cockeyed Optimists and as they say, you had to see it to believe it . Together with Ted Sperling and Laura's special guest Ryan Silverman they created The World of Rodgers and Hammerstein and it probably would be nominated for a Tony Award if it were in a theatre. The lucky audience that got to be up close and personal with Broadway royalty in Cafe Carlyle were at times overwhelmed with the beauty of the music being made by these three artists, who possess many theatre awards between them. So if you can join them, like all good hosts they are going to make sure there's plenty of good food, wine and conversation during your visit. You will even get to give them a hug and say goodnight to Laura, Ted, and Ryan after the show. (more...)

BANDSTAND's Laura Osnes Returns to Cafe Carlyle with 'COCKEYED OPTIMISTS' Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

Two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes makes her return to Caf Carlyle with Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Ted Sperling and special guest, two-time Drama Desk nominee Ryan Silverman in Cockeyed Optimists: The World of Rodgers and Hammerstein, tonight, September 26, through September 30. (more...)

Hannah Yelland, Bruce Dow, Antoinette Robinson, and More to Star in Shakespeare Theatre Company's TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

Continuing its 2017 2018 Season, Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) presents Twelfth Night. Directed by internationally acclaimed director Ethan McSweeny and featuring Antoinette Robinson (previously announced) as Viola and Tony Award-nominee Hannah Yelland as Olivia, Shakespeare's comic tale of unrequited love will run at Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from November 14 December 20, 2017. (more...)

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR's Barry Dennen Passes Away at Age 79
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

Barry Dennen, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in both the original stage and film versions of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, passed away this morning in Burbank, CA (more...)

Opera Ithaca to Open 4th Season with PAGLIACCI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2017

Opera Ithaca opens their 4th Season with Ruggero Leoncavallo's hit operatic thriller, Pagliacci, September 23rd thru September 30th at Ithaca's Circus Culture and September 25th at NYC's Slipper Room, marking the 125th anniversary of the opera's world premiere. (more...)

BWW Review: The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Get Intimate With THE SORCERER
by Michael Dale - Sep 21, 2017

For over forty years, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players have been Gotham's go-to company for high-quality G&S productions produced with full choruses and orchestras in the traditional D'Oyly Carte style. (more...)

BANDSTAND's Laura Osnes to Return to Cafe Carlyle with 'COCKEYED OPTIMISTS' Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2017

A friendly reminder! Two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes makes her return to Caf Carlyle with Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Ted Sperling and special guest, two-time Drama Desk nominee Ryan Silverman in Cockeyed Optimists: The World of Rodgers and Hammerstein, September 26-30. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Columbus - Week of 9/20/2017
by BWW - Sep 20, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/20/2017 for Columbus (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 9/20/2017
by BWW - Sep 20, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/20/2017 for Los Angeles (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Detroit - Week of 9/20/2017
by BWW - Sep 20, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/20/2017 for Detroit (more...)

National Alliance for Musical Theatre Announces Team for FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2017

National Alliance for Musical Theatre (Betsy King Militello, Executive Director) is thrilled to announce the line-up of directors and initial casting for the 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, October 18 with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute. (more...)

3-D Theatricals of Los Angeles Opens 9th Southern California Season with YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2017

3-D Theatricals (3DT) rings in its 2017-1018 season at both the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center (RBPAC) and the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) with Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, a musical comedy from the Broadway creative team of the 12-time Tony Award winning smash hit The Producers. The production, with music and lyrics by Brooks and a book by Thomas Meehan, is a hilariously tuneful show based on the 1974 smash hit film Young Frankenstein which was a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Mary Shelley classic from the comic genius of Mel Brooks. David Lamoureux directs with Corey Hirsch serving as Musical Director and Daniel Smith as Choreographer. Dino Nicandros* stars as Frederick Frankenstein with Danny Blaylock as The Monster , Julia Aks as Inga , Erik Scott Romney as Igor/Victor Frankenstein , Tracy Rowe Mutz* as Frau Blucher , Ashley Fox Linton* as Elizabeth , and Richard Gould* as Inspector Kemp/Hermit . *Denotes members of Actors Equity Association. (more...)

HENRY AND ALICE GO INTO THE WILD American Debut and More Set for Park Square Theatre's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Park Square Theatre is gearing up for its next season with world, American and Midwest premieres in a season that will showcase the Twin Cities diversity and talent. (more...)

Mira J. Spektor's LADY OF THE CASTLE Coming to Opera America & Scandinavia House
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2017

The Aviva Players will present Mira J. Spektor's Lady of The Castle, A Ghostly Post-Holocaust Chamber Opera, based on a true story & an Israeli play by Lea Goldberg. (more...)

Music Theater Works Announces Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2017

Music Theater Works (formerly Light Opera Works) has announced its 2018 season, opening with The Pirates of Penzance (June 9-17), followed by ANYTHING GOES (August 18-26), JUDY GARLAND: COME RAIN OR COME SHINE, STARRING ANGELA INGERSOLL (October 5-14), and INTO THE WOODS (December 22-31). (more...)

Mira J. Spektor's LADY OF THE CASTLE Comes to Opera America Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2017

The Aviva Players present Mira J. Spektor's Lady of The Castle, A Ghostly Post-Holocaust Chamber Opera, based on a true story & an Israeli play by Lea Goldberg. (more...)

DUKE ELLINGTON'S GREATEST HITS Coming to Music Theater Works
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

The music of American composer, pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington will be celebrated at Music Theater Works, October 6-15, 2017, at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, FIRST DATE and More Slated for Lake Country Playhouse's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

Lake Country Playhouse announced its 2017-2018 Season, which will feature a six play Main Series, four play Youth Series, and a special concert event. (more...)

VIVID WHITE Comes to Southbank Theatre 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017

An all-star cast including Gillian Cosgriff (The Pirates of Penzance), Virginia Gay (The Beast), Brent Hill (Little Shop of Horrors), Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins), Keegan Joyce (Rake), Ben Mingay (Wonderland) and Christina O'Neill (Gaybies) will bring to life Eddie Perfect's piercing new satire, Vivid White, when it premieres at Southbank Theatre on Thursday 23 November. (more...)

Post-Holocaust Chamber Opera LADY OF THE CASTLE Coming to Scandinavia House
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2017

The Aviva Players and Algonquin Theater Productions in association with Diodati Productions, Original Cast Records and The New York Association present Lady of the Castle, a ghostly post-Holocaust chamber opera based on a true story and an Israeli play by Lea Goldberg with music and lyrics by Mira J. Spektor. (more...)

PANTO LAUNCH PHOTOS: Stars Launch Jack And The Beanstalk
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2017

The stars of this year's Wolverhampton Grand pantomime proved it's never too early to get into the panto spirit by launching this year's giant of a show, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, which opens on Saturday 9 December 2017 starring returning favourites from last year's award-winning production of Aladdin; Lisa Riley, Doreen Tipton, Ian Adams and Adam C Booth, with The Bill star Graham Cole joining them as the evil Fleshcreep, musical theatre actress Sarah Vaughan is the Princess and Julie Paton plays The Harp. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 10/20 - THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, KINKY BOOTS, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and more!
by BWW Special - Oct 20, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, KINKT BOOTS, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and more! (more...)

Kristin Carbone, Peter Lockyer, Michael St. John and Jennifer Hope Wills to Bring 'MY ROMANCE' to Riverside Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2017

Allen D. Cornell, Riverside Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, and Ken Clifton, Riverside's Musical Director, have teamed up to create a special theatrical event showcasing some of the most beloved music by Broadway legend, Richard Rodgers. My Romance: The Work of Richard Rodgers takes place on the Stark Stage on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. (more...)

NAMT's 2017 Festival of New Musicals Launches Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2017

National Alliance for Musical Theatre presents its 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, set for today, October 19, and tomorrow, October 20, 2017 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival kicked off yesterday, October 18, with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute. (more...)

BWW Review: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - Oct 18, 2017

The Pirates of Penzance--opera or operetta? The answer to that question seems important to some opera lovers who believe a 'serious' opera company doesn't do operettas. Too bad for them if their doubts made them miss out on San Diego Opera's hugely entertaining production. A nearly sold-out audience laughed frequently as Gilbert and Sullivan made fun of inept but kind-hearted pirates, cowardly policeman trying their best, and even Queen Victoria, who made a non-singing appearance with the signature rotation of the raised royal hand. While musicologists, historians and purists at home argued about the correct classification of the work, excellent operatic singers delivered clever lyrics and threw themselves into the light-heartedly silly plot. (more...)

Chilina Kennedy, Jenna Ushkowitz and More to Star in NAMT's 2017 Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017

National Alliance for Musical Theatre announces additional casting for the 29th Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20, 2017 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, October 18 with its celebrated concert, The 46th Minute. (more...)

Ben Irish will Star as The Toxic Avenger in the Cult Rock Show THE TOXIC AVENGER - THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2017

The West End will get a hunky new superhero and leading man tonight (Tuesday) when Ben Irish joins the cast of the critically acclaimed rock musical The Toxic Avenger - The Musicalin the title role. (more...)

Will Swenson and More to Celebrate Joe Iconis at Barrington Stage Company's BSC/NYC Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will host its annual New York City Benefit, BSC/NYC, on Monday, November 13, 2017, to celebrate their New Works Initiative and honor composer Joe Iconis with the William Finn Award for Innovation and Excellence in Musical Theatre. (more...)

Breaking: Another Op'nin'! Kelli O'Hara Will Lead Roundabout's KISS ME, KATE Revival in 2019
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2017

Broadway is going to get hot in 2019. Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) just announced a new Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate starring Kelli O'Hara in the hilarious duo leading roles of Kate and Lilli Vanessi. (more...)

Las Vegas Philharmonic Performs 2 Different Holiday Concerts, 12/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs two different holiday programs on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

PETER PAN's 'Gotta Crow' at Music Theater Works This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017

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

New Line Theatre presents Reading of ZOMBIES OF PENZANCE, 1/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2017

New Line Theatre, the bad boy of musical theatre, will present 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 Monday, January 8, 2018, at 8:00 pm at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, in the Grand Center Arts District. Admission is free. (more...)

BWW Interview: Theatre Life with Britney Coleman and Tim Rogan
by Elliot Lanes - Nov 1, 2017

Today's subjects Britney Coleman and Tim Rogan are currently living their theatre lives at Arena Stage performing in one of the golden age of Broadway's more underrated musicals, The Pajama Game. They are playing the roles of Babe Williams and Sid Sorokin, respectively. The production runs through December 24th. (more...)

FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL to Cut Loose at Storyhouse Chester Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2017

Everybody cut loose because Footloose: The Musical is dancing in to Chester's Storyhouse next week on its first visit to the city and marking the first visiting production and the start of the new season. (more...)

SHEAR MADNESS Celebrates 30 Years at the Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts's production of Shear Madness, the uproarious whodunit that holds the Guiness world record as the longest-running play in America, celebrates 30 years of hair-raising hilarity as it resumes performances tonight, August 29, in the Kennedy Center Theater Lab. (more...)

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