The Pirates of Penzance Revival 1981

Ages: 8+
Opened: January 8, 1981
Closing: November 28, 1982

The Pirates of Penzance - 1981 - Broadway History , Info & More

Uris Theatre
222 W. 51st St. New York, NY 10019

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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The Pirates of Penzance FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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
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Best Choreography for Graciela Daniele and Best Direction of a Musical for Wilford Leach.
Best Choreography for Graciela Daniele, Best Direction of a Musical for Wilford Leach, .
The Pirates of Penzance has been nominated for several awards. One notable nomination is the Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for its production by the New York Shakespeare Festival.
The Pirates of Penzance has won a Special Citation at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for its production by the New York Shakespeare Festival.

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