New York G&S Players Stage Three Works and a Revue at City Center Jan. 6-15

News   New York G&S Players Stage Three Works and a Revue at City Center Jan. 6-15 New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players ring in the new year Jan. 6-15 with quite a "little list" of performances. H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, Trial by Jury and the revue NYGASP a la Carte will play in rotating repertory at City Center.
Laurelyn Watson in the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' The Mikado.
Laurelyn Watson in the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players' The Mikado. Photo by Lee Snider-Photo Images

Trial by Jury and NYGASP à la Carte are paired together for one performance as Quintessential G&S!

This marks the 32nd season of NYGASP, which stages fully produced productions of the operettas of Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. Expect a 25-piece orchestra.

Under the artistic and music direction of Albert Bergeret (who conducts, designs and directs the productions), the company has presented over 2,500 performances throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Boasting "contemporary energy," the company's goal is to retain "a traditional respect for each of the G & S masterpieces."

The NYGASP productions will have costumes designed by Gail J. Wofford; lights designed by Sally Small, and scenery by Bergeret.

The H.M.S. Pinafore cast includes Stephen Quint as Sir Joseph Porter, Keith Jurosko/Richard Holmes as the Captain, and Angela Smith as Little Buttercup; The Mikado features Keith Jurosko as The Mikado, Laurelyn Watson as Yum-Yum, Michael Scott Harris as Nanki-Poo, Stephen O'Brien as Ko-Ko and Louis Dall'Ava as Pooh-Bah. NYGASP à la Carte is a new revue developed by the company to showcase its many artists and the range of work by Gilbert & Sullivan, from patter songs to double choruses to haunting ballads.

City Center is at West 55th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

Performances Jan. 6-15 include H.M.S. Pinafore Jan. 6 at 8 PM, Jan. 7 at 2 PM, Jan. 14 at 8 PM, Jan. 15 at 3 PM; The Mikado Jan. 7 at 8 PM, Jan. 8 at 3 PM, Jan. 10 at 7 PM, Jan. 13 at 8 PM, Jan. 14 at 1 PM; Quintessential G&S! Jan. 12 at 8 PM.

Tickets range from $86 to $40, with children and senior discounts available.

For more information, call CityTix at (212) 581-1212 or visit www.citycenter.org.

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H.M.S. Pinafore or The Lass That Loved A Sailor "takes place onboard a British man-o-war sailing ship in the late 1800s. The lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, has fallen in love with Josephine, daughter of the repressed, but ever polite, Captain Corcoran whose social climbing ambitions have caused him to promise Josephine in marriage to the insufferable Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., First Lord of the Admiralty. While the crew and Sir Joseph's groupies, referred to as 'his sisters and his cousins and his aunts' dance their way across the deck, Josephine promises not to follow her heart in returning Ralph's affection and the Captain reveals his own attraction to the lowly peddler woman, Little Buttercup, who hints that 'things are seldom what they seem.'"

In The Mikado or The Town of Titipu "the title character is a fictitious eccentric Japanese emperor who delights in devising punishments to fit the crime, including decapitation for the 'crime' of flirting. Set in a pseudo Japanese locale known as Titipu, the town tries to insulate itself from the consequences of this law by appointing its biggest flirt, Ko-Ko, to the position of Lord High Executioner. Ko-Ko has a long list of potential victims, none real prospects, but the arrival of the 'wand'ring minstrel' Nanki-Poo, in search of his beloved Yum-Yum — one of 'three little maids from school,' all Ko-Ko's wards — provides a different opportunity."

The first commercially produced work of Gilbert & Sullivan, Trial by Jury "is an over the top send up of the legal system. A lecherous judge and all-male jury, a gold digging plaintiff, a self professed cad of a defendant, and a sleazy lawyer turn the courtroom proceedings upside down with self serving arguments and musical merriment." It runs 45 minutes.