Kevin Kline Will Return to Pirates of Penzance for One-Night-Only Public Theater Gala

News   Kevin Kline Will Return to Pirates of Penzance for One-Night-Only Public Theater Gala
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 The Pirates of Penzance on June 10 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

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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, 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.

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 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. 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).

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