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The Public also announced that the June 11 Shakespeare in the Park performance of The Comedy of Errors has been canceled to allow for the rescheduled gala performance. The Comedy of Errors will resume June 12.
The one-night-only production of Pirates of Penzance is 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 (Ragtime, Once On This Island). James Moore is musical director.
The 1980 production of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta was adapted by William Elliot. 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 ensemble includes Becca Ayers, Craig Bennett, Sarah Bolt, Alvin Crawford, Doug Eskew, Maryann Hu, Amy Justman, Justin Keyes, Orville Mendoza, Darius Nichols, Eliseo Román, Martín Solá, Asa Somers, Matthew Stocke, Frank Vlastnik and Kevin Vortmann.
Meryl Streep and Sir Howard Stringer host the evening that pays 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.
The Public Theater will plant a flowering cherry tree in Central Park across from the Delacorte Theater in honor of Ephron. Stringer, Arielle Tepper Madover and Renée Beaumont 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 (through 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).
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