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The Pirates of Penzance - 1981 - Broadway

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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Minskoff Theatre

(New York, NY)
200 W. 45th St.
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2020
The Van Wezel has announced four additional digital presentations coming up in 2020, including something for everyone!
by Marianka Swain - Sep 20, 2020
Opera Holland Park unfortunately couldn't proceed with its planned 2020 summer season, but this very special venue was among the first to leap into action with a series of open-air concerts instead - from all-star operatic galas to a dash of musical theatre with Sondheim's A Little Night Music (read our review here). James Clutton, Director of Opera at OHP, tells BroadwayWorld about how they made the shows work with Covid-19 safety measures, why opera is for all, and his hopes for returning at full strength in 2021.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2020
On Friday, September 25, Sun Valley Opera will feature Seattle-based singer and actress Cayman Ilika in an outdoor performance, titled Garden Concert Al Fresco!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2020
Paper Mill Playhouse is extending outdoor cabaret performances into October due to the extremely popular demand of its alfresco summer Brookside Cabaret series at the F.M. Kirby Carriage House Restaurant, along with newly added Wednesday-night a?oeRocktobera?? entertainment.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2020
Join seven principal performers of the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) for a one-of-a-kind virtual concert experience on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7pm. Celebrating the repertoire of prolific theatrical team, Gilbert and Sullivan, the company's Wand'ring Minstrels offer a personal, at-home concert in I Have a Song to Sing, O!
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2020
Virginia Opera has announced its upcoming 2020-21 season!
by Josh Stent - May 23, 2020
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2020
Skylight Music Theatre will bring outstanding talent together -- while staying apart -- in an exclusive fundraising event, Skylight Sings: A Virtual Concert, on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. (CDT) to benefit Skylight Music Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2020
The Wilbury Theatre Group continues its 2019/20 Main Series season with the Rhode Island premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes' newest musical, Miss You Like Hell, March 5-29, 2020. Hudes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Lin-Manuel Miranda's collaborator on the book and film of In The Heights, wrote the book and shares credit for the lyrics with folk-rock star Erin McKeown who also wrote the music.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2020
Music Theater Works presents MAMMA MIA! at Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, June 6, through June 14, 2020.
by Maria Nockin - Mar 25, 2020
POP is reconstructing Vivaldi's opera Ercole sul' Termodonte (Hercules in Thermodon) and hopes to premiere its version in July. Watch the Los Angeles page for more information.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2020
The Music Theatre of Idaho has launched a fundraising campaign throughout the Covid-19 closure.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2020
Music Theatre of Idaho has announced the postponement of its upcoming production of Pirates of Penzance.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2020
San Diego Opera has announced its 2020-2021 season, after the premature ending of the Company's previous season this winter in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2020
In response to the ongoing restrictions on performances and public gatherings due to COVID-19, Opera Saratoga today launches a new, integrated series of online programs, OPERA SARATOGA: CONNECT!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2020
San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program announced plans to debut online coaching and instruction for the young artists selected for the 2020 program, and a public series of master chats with performing arts luminaries, who will share their artistic and career experiences with the artists unable to take part in this year's training program and Summer Festival, which were canceled due to COVID-19.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2020
Sugar Creek Opera Presents THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2020
a??a??a??a??a??a??a?? The Atlanta Opera announces the formation of the Atlanta Opera Company Players, featuring twelve world-class singers, all resident in Atlanta and the southeast, who will collaborate with the company's leadership team to reimagine its 2020a?'21 season.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2020
BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that jazz icon and actor Annie Ross has passed away at age 89.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2020
Opera Saratoga has announced The Pirates' Pajama Party & Treasure Hunt, the company's first-ever Virtual Gala. The online event replaces Opera on the Lake, the company'sGala that had previously been scheduled for June but had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2020
Join Emmy-winning actress Edie Falco and Michelle Miller (CBS This Morning: Saturday) for a conversation about her acclaimed career and her new role as the title character of CBS' new series, Tommy. Falco is already generating buzz for her nuanced portrayal of the first female chief of the LAPDa?"a character navigating between her job in a male-dominated field, a fractured relationship with her estranged adult daughter and her life in the LGBTQ community.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2020
San Diego Opera's 2019-2020 main stage season comes to a close with Gioachino Rossini's classic comedy The Barber of Seville which opens on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the San Diego Civic Theatre for four performances.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2020
Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth today announced the programming and creative teams for Utah Opera's 2020-21 season, sponsored by the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2020
This New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production is your chance to get carried away by The Pirates of Penzance - they'll steal your heart away on Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for one night only!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2020
Northern Kentucky University's School of the Arts kicks off 2020 with Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta of HMS PINAFORE. This is a first-time mainstage collaboration between the Theatre + Dance and Music Programs since SOTA's inception. The production runs Feb. 21-March 1 at NKU's Corbett Theatre. For more information and tickets, visit nku.edu/pinafore.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2020
The Tap Pack brings an action-packed performance featuring some of Australia's finest dancers tapping up a storm. The group infuses tap dance with swing music and witty banter. With credits on stage, film, television, and more than 20 musical theater productions between them, The Tap Pack brings pure entertainment for one night only in Popejoy Hall on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2020
MasterVoices continues its 2019-20 season on Thursday April 2, at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Artistic Director Ted Sperling will lead a concert staging of Bizet's Carmen in its original Opéra Comique version, with dialogue rather than recitative, sung in English translation by award-winning Broadway lyricist Sheldon Harnick. His translation of Carmen was commissioned and premiered by the Houston Grand Opera in 1981 and served as the English text for Peter Brook's ingenious 90-minute La tragédie de Carmen which was performed at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York in 1984. The MasterVoices performance will mark the New York premiere of the full translation.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2020
Hot off the Captain's table! There's just over a month until Sasha Regan's award-winning All-Male company docks at Wilton's Music Hall for another nautical adventure! The much-loved crew of All-Male H.M.S. PINAFORE downs anchor at Wilton's from 15th April - 9th May before setting sail to Bath, Winchester, Cambridge and Exeter.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2020
San Diego Opera's 2019-2020 main stage season comes to a close with Gioachino Rossini's classic comedy The Barber of Seville which opens on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the San Diego Civic Theatre for four performances. Additional performances are April 28, May 1, and 3 (matinee), 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2020
Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble has announced the final performance of its 2019-20 Art & Activism Performance Series, WHAT WE CARRIED, a documentary-style danztheatre work created by ensemble-members that brings to life the voices, stories, and struggles of asylum-seekers, featuring text pulled from interviews with local immigrants. The performance is also a collaboration with sculptural artist Jean Parisi, serving as both devised performance and immersive exhibition of her work. WHAT WE CARRIED will play May 8-16, 2020 at Chicago Danztheatre's permanent home, Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium, 1650 W. Foster Ave. in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets are currently available at danztheatre.org.
by Stage Tube - Feb 21, 2020
Scott Bakula appeared as a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night, February 21! During his appearance, Bakula told James about an onstage mishap that he had to deal with early in his career during a production of The Pirates of Penzance. Bakula told the tale of how he nearly killed an audience member after a prop sword malfunctioned.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2020
An operetta for the whole family, H.M.S. Pinafore is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular and most silly musical comedies! Featuring famous songs such as, a?oeI'm Called Little Buttercupa?? and a?oeI am the Captain of the Pinaforea??, this production, performed with full costumes, sets and live orchestra is sure to entertain.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
The Wilbury Theatre Group continues its 2019/20 Main Series season with the Rhode Island premiere of Quiara Alegría Hudes' newest musical, Miss You Like Hell, March 5-29, 2020. Hudes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Lin-Manuel Miranda's collaborator on the book and film of In The Heights, wrote the book and shares credit for the lyrics with folk-rock star Erin McKeown who also wrote the music.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2020
The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company will present a much-loved audience favorite, The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty, at the University of Chicago's Mandel Hall on March 13-15. These performances mark the Company's sixtieth season.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2020
As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Tony Award winning actor Brent Carver has passed away at age 68. This evening, Carver's Broadway colleagues took to social media to celebrate his life and legacy.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2020
Charles Court Opera - a??the masters of G&S in small spacesa?? - are to come out of lockdown with a specially customised outdoor staging of their Offie award-winning production of a??H.M.S. Pinaforea?? at The Maltinga??s Open Air Theatre Festival on Monday 24 August.
by Alan Henry - Aug 6, 2020
BroadwayWorld has learned that Tony Award winning actor Brent Carver has passed away at age 68. Born in 1951, the Canadian actor Brent Carver was a star of both stage and screen.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2020
The Stratford Festival is devastated to learn of the death of Brent Carver, an actor of incomparable talent, winner of a Tony Award for his starring role in Kiss of the Spider Woman, and a long-time Stratford Festival company member.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2020
Skylight Music Theatre announced today Saturday in the Park with Andrew- Skylight Night 2020 to be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 6 p.m. (CDT) to benefit Skylight Music Theatre.
by Student Blogger: Bella Bosco - Aug 18, 2020
I am very excited about todaya??s post because it's about one of the most important kinds of relationships any student in musical theatre can have--their voice teacher. I'm so proud to introduce BroadwayWorld readers to my remarkable voice teacher, Jeremy Powell.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2020
“The 2021 season at the Utah Shakespeare will be like no other in our history,” said Executive Producer Frank Mack in announcing the upcoming theatre season. “It is our sixtieth year, it is dedicated to our founder, Fred C. Adams, and it marks our return to producing after missing 2020. It will be a magnificent experience.”
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2020
The JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL will resent A Virtual Play Reading of SOUL TO SQUEEZE written and directed by Meagan Meehan, NOTHING IN COMMON written by Natasha Cobb and directed by Van Dirk Fisher and GLOBAL INFERNO written by Chris Bergmann and directed by Rhonda Goldstein on Zoom on.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2020
The New London Barn Playhouse has announced three upcoming virtual events in the month of August.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2020
The English National Opera (ENO) announces the full details of the first ENO Drive & Live - Europe's first live drive-in opera production that audiences can safely experience from their cars.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2020
For almost 60 years, Opera Saratoga has brought together some of the world's most exciting operatic artists to appear alongside extraordinary emerging singers, creating an exceptional Festival every summer, showcasing operatic classics, contemporary American works, and concerts featuring art song, opera, and musical theater.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2020
Projects with Jason launches its new live stream series, a?oeArtists in Conversationa??, with a special live event featuring Academy and Tony Award winning actor Kevin Kline on Saturday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2020
Skylight Music Theatre will bring outstanding talent together -- while staying apart -- in an exclusive fundraising event, Skylight Sings: A Virtual Concert, on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. to benefit Skylight Music Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2020
Opera Tampa has announced its 2020-21 season!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2020
Southern California's 3-D Theatricals' 3D+U has announced its WEDNESDAY LINE-UP. The spotlight is on YOU and we can get through this together. Being socially distant may be the biggest role you will ever have to play. Let's come together while being apart with workshops, workouts, classes and talkbacks.