The financially troubled New Jersey theatre recently announced that its final production of the season would go on as originally scheduled. Directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Warren Carlyle, Pirates! will begin previews June 7 and play through July 8 with an official opening June 13.
The cast will feature Farah Alvin (Mabel), Ed Dixon (Modern Major General), Barrett Foa (Frederic), Liz McCartney (Ruth), Gerry McIntyre (Sergeant) and Andrew Varela (The Pirate King). The ensemble will comprise Timothy Alex, Katie Babb, Julia Burrows, Kristin Carlson, Michael Daly, Matt Ferraro, Michael Scott Harris, Morgan James, Robyn Kramer, Michael McKinsey, John O’Creagh, Julia Osborne, Lucas Richter, Tory Ross, Michael Rossmy, Roger Preston Smith and Daniel Spiotta.
This newly reworked version of The Pirates of Penzance was conceived by Gordon Greenberg, Nell Benjamin and John McDaniel. The production features book and lyrics by Sir William S. Gilbert, music by Sir Arthur S. Sullivan with additional book & lyrics by Nell Benjamin, music supervision, new arrangements and orchestrations by John McDaniel.
The plot of Pirates! is described as such: "After a hard-of-hearing nurse mistakes the word 'pilot' for 'pirate,' young Frederic finds himself apprenticed to a band of swashbuckling buccaneers. Now a young man, and with his final days of servitude rapidly approaching, he longs for a return to respectable life. But in true Gilbert and Sullivan style, mishap after mishap arises, and it will take a fair maiden, a fair amount of double-crossing, and the very model of a modern major general to reach a happy ending." Show times are Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, Thursdays at 2 and 7:30 PM, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 2 and 7:30 PM. Tickets, priced $19-$68, are available by calling (973) 376-4343 or by visiting www.papermill.org.