Broadway's Noll Is Mabel in Eugene Opera's Pirates of Penzance

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Christiane Noll, who created the role of Emma in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde, plays Mabel in the Eugene Opera's limited engagement of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
Christiane Noll and Eric Millegan in Pirates of Penzance
Christiane Noll and Eric Millegan in Pirates of Penzance Photo by Clifford Coles

In Oregon, Noll joins Richard White (as the Pirate King) and Eric Millegan (as Frederic) for the Dec. 29-31 performances of the classic operetta. Mark Beudert directs a company that also includes Sandy Naishtat as Samuel, Jared Mark as James, Andrew Wilkowske as Major-General Stanley, Kevin Boling as Edward, Kristin Vogel as Edith, Marieke Shuurs as Kate, Katherine Beudert as Isabel, Anne Allgood as Ruth and Kitty Piercy as Queen Victoria.

The creative team also features Nicholas Carthy (conductor), Don Carson (set designer) and Mary Mikkelsen (costume designer).

Christiane Noll, who was part of the out-of-town tryout of The Mambo Kings, made her Broadway debut as Emma Carew in Frank Wildhorn's Jekyll & Hyde. She later joined the Broadway company of It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and starred in the City Center Encores! production of Out of This World. Noll appeared in the national tours of Grease!, Miss Saigon and City of Angels, and she has recorded three solo albums: "Christiane Noll — A Broadway Love Story" (Varese Sarabande Records), "Live at the Westbank Café," (Car-Jam Records) and "The Ira Gershwin Album" (Fynsworth Alley).

With a book and lyrics by William S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan, some of the operetta's songs include "When Frederic Was a Little Lad," "Poor Wandering One!," "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General," "A Rollicking Band of Pirates We" and "No, I Am Brave." The most recent Broadway revival of Pirates played the Uris Theatre in 1981. Directed by Wilford Leach, the musical featured a starry cast led by Kevin Kline, Estelle Parsons, Linda Rondstadt, George Rose and Rex Smith.

Show times are Dec. 29 at 7:30 PM, Dec. 30 at 2:30 PM and Dec. 31 at 7:30 PM. The Eugene Opera is located in Eugene, OR. For more information visit www.eugeneopera.com.

The ensemble of Eugene Opera's <i>Pirates of Penzance</i>
The ensemble of Eugene Opera's Pirates of Penzance Photo by Clifford Coles
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