Glenn Close, Martin Short and Eric Idle Will Join Kevin Kline for Pirates of Penzance Gala Performance in Central Park

By Adam Hetrick
08 May 2013

Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
Photo by Monica Simoes

Tony Award winners Glenn Close and Martin Short, along with Monty Python's Eric Idle, will be part of The Public Theater's one-night-only gala concert of the acclaimed 1980 production of The Pirates of Penzance June 10 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

As first reported by Playbill.com, Tony and Academy Award winner Kevin Kline (Cyrano, On the Twentieth Century, "A Fish Called Wanda") will reprise his performance as the Pirate King. The evening will also feature Close (Sunset Boulevard, Death and the Maiden) as Ruth, Idle (Spamalot) as the Sergeant and Short (Little Me, The Goodbye Girl) as Major-General Stanley.

The production will be directed by Tony Award winner Ted Sperling (The Light in the Piazza, See What I Wanna See), with musical staging by original choreographer Graciela Daniele.

The 1980 production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta was adapted by William Elliot and choreographed by Daniele. It was first staged at the Delacorte by Wilford Leach in August 1980 prior to transferring to a Tony Award-winning Broadway run in December.



The original cast featured Kline (Cyrano, On the Twentieth Century, "A Fish Called Wanda") as the Pirate King, Linda Ronstadt as Mabel, Rex Smith as Frederic and George Rose as Major-General Stanley.

The evening will pay tribute to late Academy Award-winning writer Nora Ephron ("When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle"), who died June 26, 2012. Ephron's new play Lucky Guy opened on Broadway April 1.

Sir Howard Stringer, Arielle Tepper Madover and Renée Beaumont will serve as gala co-chairs for the event.

The Public's Shakespeare in the Park season features The Comedy of Errors, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater (May 28-June 30); and the new musical adaptation of Love's Labour's Lost, directed and written by Alex Timbers with songs by Michael Friedman (July 23-Aug. 18).

To receive an invitation to The Public Theater gala, call (212) 539-8547 or email gala@publictheater.org. Visit PublicTheater.org.

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George Rose, Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith and Kevin Kline in The Pirates of Penzance, 1980
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