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Gordon Greenberg directs the new adaptation, billed as a "swashbuckling musical comedy featuring pirates, parrots and perilous curses," wherein "swords clash, ladies swoon and policemen sing in a spectacular event for all ages."
The new musical arrangements by John McDaniel give a hint of the tropics. The work is set in the Caribbean in the 19th century. The show coincides with the popular Disney film franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean," but is not directly related to the movies. (A third film in the series is due out in the next year.)
Pirates of Penzance began performances Oct. 6. It runs to Dec. 10.
Andrew Varela (Broadway's Little Women and Les Misérables) plays The Pirate King. Ed Dixon (the versatile actor and musical theatre writer who penned Fanny Hill) is the Major General. Farah Alvin (Broadway's The Look of Love, Off Broadway's I Love You Because) is Mabel. Joanna Glushak (Broadway's Urinetown, Sweet Smell of Success) is Ruth. Jason Michael Snow is Frederic and John O'Creagh is Samuel.
The role of Sergeant is played by Gerry MacIntyre, while Edith is played by Julia Osborne. The ensemble for Pirates of Penzance includes Matt Baker, Ryan Bauer-Walsh, Matthew Scott Campbell, Kyle Fichtman, Daniel Spiotta, Robyn Kramer, Nick Mannix, Lindsay K. Northen, Tory Ross, Michael Rossmy, Roger Preston Smith, Leah Sprecher, Rebecca Strimaitis, Leonard E. Sullivan, Jacque Carnahan and Scott Ross.
Pirates of Penzance (Goodspeed has done away with "the" at the top of the title) has book and lyrics by Sir William S. Gilbert and music by Sir Arthur S. Sullivan. The original 1880 comic operetta was called The Pirates of Penzance, or The Slave of Duty, and is set on the rocky coast of Cornwall.
Director Gordon Greenberg directed Goodspeed Musicals' The Baker's Wife and O. Henry's Lovers, Off-Broadway's Jacques Brel is Alive and Well . . ., Cam Jansen and Slut and the national tour of Peter Pan).
Warren Carlyle (The Baker's Wife at Goodspeed's Norma Terris Theatre) choreographs.
The creative team includes scenic designer Robert Bissinger, costume designer David C. Woolard and lighting designer Jeff Croiter.
Music direction for Pirates of Penzance is by Michael O'Flaherty, who is in his 15th season as Goodspeed's resident music director. John McDaniel (two-time Emmy Award winner for his work on the "Rosie O'Donnell Show") is music supervisor and penned new arrangements. William J. Thomas is assistant music director.
Pirates of Penzance is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.
For more information, visit www.goodspeed.org.