Do ask, do tell! Pinafore!, the hit at Los Angeles' Celebration Theatre, will release a cast album March 12. The popular gay adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore will also extends its run for a fifth time, through April 28.
Things have changed in the Navy since Gilbert and Sullivan crafted the score's classics "A Maiden Fair to See" and "He Is an Englishman." Now there's a separate-but-equal gay crew, with Senator Barney Crank as Admiral in Charge. While docked at Palm Springs, the new recruits arrive, among them self proclaimed "heterosexual gay sailor" Dick Dockstrop, who immediately falls in love with the Captain's daughter. Only she's not quite what "she" seems.
Christopher Hall stars as Dockstrop with R. Christofer Sands as the Captain's "daughter." Also in the cast are David Gilliam Fuller (Crank), Debra Lane (Bitter Butterball), Chadwick T. Adams, Antonio Martinez, Scott Scarboro, Neal Allen Hyde, John Brantley Cole Jr., Jason Beogh, Steven Janji and Wilson Raiser.
Mark Savage directed and adapted Pinafore! for the stage. He received a Robby for Best Adaptation and has been nominated for an L.A. Weekly Award for Best Direction.
Tickets are $22-$27.50. The Celebration Theatre, the same company who brought the world Naked Boys Singing!, is located at 7051B Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. For reservations, call (310) 289-2999. The Celebration Theatre is located at http://www.celebrationtheatre.com. — By Christine Ehren