Performances & Events

The Pirates of Penzance


Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:30PM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

The Pirates of Penzance
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The Broadway version of Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious farce
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Book and Lyrics by Sir William Gilbert

Directed by Vincent J. Cardinal
Music Direction by Catherine A. Walker
Choreography by Cassie Abate
Department of Musical Theatre

Reserved Seating $32 and $26 • Students $13 with ID

Young Frederic, who has spent his formative years as a junior pirate, plans to mark his 21st birthday by breaking free from the Pirate King and beginning his courtship of Mabel, the beautiful daughter of the Major-General. He is then encouraged to lead an army of policemen against the pirates after they threaten to marry all of the Major-General’s four daughters. Everything goes haywire in Penzance when the Pirate King presents Frederic with an “ingenious paradox” that may thwart Frederic’s plans to take-down the pirates, as well as prevent the blossoming romance. Unless something gives, Frederic will soon be on a collision course with the Pirate King’s new nemesis: Mabel’s father.

The Department of Musical Theatre will be performing the Broadway version of The Pirates of Penzance, which premiered at the Public Theatre in 1980 by Joseph Papp, producer. Papp’s adaptation of the original D’Oyly Carte version marries the wit of British Music Hall and the American show-biz know-how of a combustive Broadway musical, including delightful dances, visual gags, and many well-loved songs such as “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” “Poor Wand’ring One,” and “A Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One.” The Pirates of Penzance is the quintessence of silly, a delightful excuse to indulge in the literate humor of Gilbert’s libretto, the enchanting melodies of Arthur Sullivan’s score, and the powerhouse talents of our Musical Theatre students.



Please Note:This production was originally announced as Urinetown. And will contain strobe light effects.