Kevin Kline Will Return to
Pirates of Penzance for One-Night-Only Public Theater Gala
Photo by Monica Simoes
Tony and Academy Award winner
Kevin Kline will reprise his performance as the Pirate King in the Public Theater's one-night-only gala concert of the acclaimed 1980 production of on June 10 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Pirates of Penzance
The 1980 production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta was adapted by William Elliot and choreographed by
Graciela 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, , "A Fish Called Wanda") as the Pirate King, Linda Ronstadt as Mabel, On the Twentieth Century Rex Smith as Frederic and George Rose as Major-General Stanley.
Additional casting for the gala performance has not been announced. Last summer, Kline co-starred with
Meryl Streep in a gala reading of Romeo and Juliet at the Delacorte.
The evening will also 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 opened on Broadway April 1. Lucky Guy
Sir Howard Stringer,
Arielle Tepper Madover and Renée Beaumont will serve as gala co-chairs for the event.
As previously reported, 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 please call (212) 539-8547 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit PublicTheater.org.
PHOTO SPECIAL: 50 Years of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte
View the Entire Photo Gallery George Rose, Linda Ronstadt, Rex Smith and Kevin Kline in The Pirates of Penzance, 1980 Photo by Martha Swope/©The New York Public Library
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