Ithaca's Kitchen Cooks Up a New Musical by Gilbert & Sullivan, Precious Nonsense

News   Ithaca's Kitchen Cooks Up a New Musical by Gilbert & Sullivan, Precious Nonsense The intimate 73-seat Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, New York, is presenting Precious Nonsense, the very model of a modern musical — with music and lyrics by not-so-modern Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert.

The world premiere plays Jan. 13-Feb. 12, 2005, at the Kitchen Theatre. "Using the much-loved melodies and lyrics of Gilbert & Sullivan as a start, Rachel Lampert has fashioned a new play that promises the twists and turns from our favorite G&S operettas with the delightful comedy and romance their stories extol," according to the resident Equity troupe.

Lampert, artistic director at the Kitchen, gets book credit for the new project. The cast includes includes Eric Brooks, Jessica Flood, Shawn Puller, Krista Scott, Erica Steinhagen, Joey Steinhagen and Casey Sweeney.

Is this a recently discovered, heretofore unknown musical operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan? "No!" according to Kitchen notes. "We've searched the trunks and still find only 14 operettas, but now is the time to add a new story to this timeless music."

Opening is set for Jan. 15. For ticket information, call (607) 273-4497 or visit www.kitchentheatre.org.

* The Kitchen Theatre is located in the historic Clinton House, a renovated hotel in Downtown Ithaca, located on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake in central New York.

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