Guthrie's Pirates of Penzance Sets Sail May 8

News   Guthrie's Pirates of Penzance Sets Sail May 8
The Guthrie Theater's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance begins performances May 8.

Heading the cast of the classic operetta are Brian Sutherland as The Pirate King, Jennifer Baldwin Peden as Mabel, Jan Neuberger as Ruth, Richard S. Iglewski as Major-General Stanley, Barbara Bryne as Queen Victoria, Christina Baldwin as Edith, Dan Callaway as Frederic, Michael J. Farina as Samuel, Tinia Moulder as Kate, Kersten Rodau as Isabel and Jim Lichtscheidl as The Sergeant of Police. Directed by Guthrie artistic director Joe Dowling, Pirates of Penzance will play the theatre's mainstage through June 13.

The production's ensemble features Miguel Angel, Lauren Asheim, Roger Barbieri, Dieter Bierbrauer, Michael Buchanan, Ross Crutchlow, Jonathan Day, Brian Flanagan, Tony Vierling, Suzanne Warmanen and Justin Winterhalter. Keith Mahoney, Ann Michels and Aaron Michael Norris are the show's swings.

The creative team comprises David Bolger (choreography), Andrew Cooke (musical direction), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Scott W. Edwards (sound design), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting design) and Michael Yeargan (set design).

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.

The Guthrie Theater is located at 725 Vineland Place in Minneapolis, MN. Visit for more information.

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