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Take Pythonesque cruise with 'Pirates'

One hundred and thirty-two years after W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan dreamed up a preposterous operetta involving a very modern major-general, his bevy of beautiful, naive daughters and a dutiful young Englishman apprenticed to a band of big-hearted buccaneers headquartered in Cornwall, "The Pirates of Penzance" has become a remarkably pliant concoction. It can be performed with care and affection by light opera companies and parodied by Chicago satirists like The Hypocrites (who soon will.
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From the Musical Comedy Dept.

Arts : Straight Up (4 years ago)

Oh, gee. Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, is terribly upset. In his view, Julian Assange is the very scruffy model of a modern major-general. File his complaint under Gilbert and Sullivan; see The Pirates of Penz... Read Post

National Portrait Gallery in London Opens New Gilbert and Sullivan Display

Arts : Artdaily (3 years ago)

LONDON.- A new display at the National Portrait Gallery marks the centenary of Sir William Schwenck Gilbert?s death in 1911. Gilbert alongside Sir Arthur Sullivan made up the famous partnership of Gilbert and Sullivan that revolutio... Read Post

How jolly was my jenkin

Arts : Parterre Box (4 years ago)

I own almost every recording of the 13 operettas Sir Arthur Sullivan wrote with W.S. Gilbert ever made. Twelve Mikados, 14 Pirates of Penzance, 10 Iolanthes, right on down the line to the rarely heard Utopia, Ltd. I was a G&S fan lo... Read Post


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