Punk Rock Pirates of Penzance Sharpens Social Satire
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The last date listed for The Pirates of Penzance was Sunday April 1, 2012 / 5:00pm.
Currently at Julia Morgan Theater:
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in Berkeley Playhouse's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee -- along with some added audience participation and improvised moments. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture tweenage troubles at their worst, from "Woe Is Me" to "I'm Not That Smart." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book of a Musical. Learn More
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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We thoroughly enjoyed this version Pirates of Penzance. The acting and singing were terrific, which surprised us, as we didn't know what to expect. We had smiles on our faces the entire time and were thrilled that we went.
Thank you Goldstar for offering such a great show, and getting us seats on the second row.
One last comment--the sound is not perfect, but if you listen carefully, you will have a great time.
Get ready to be cast askew in a Pirates of Penzance like no other you’ve seen before! Punk, rock and ska enliven an already lively Gilbert & Sullivan score – a post-atomic city replaces the usual Cornish village. Here the Pirate King is female, the Pirates poetic Teddy Boys, the women strong and willful, and the Major General a poster child for the 1%. This is not a Pirates for purists! Gilbert & Sullivan were famous for lampooning love and leadership and director Jon Tracy continues to do so with fresh and inventive focus – giving this romantic, swashbuckling, comic operetta a zany breath of life that will have everyone in the family smiling ear to ear or wanting to pogo!
Books and Lyrics by William Schwenck Gilbert / Music by Arthur Seymour Sullivan / Directed by Jon Tracy / Music
Direction by Jonathan Fadner / Choreography by Emily Morrison / Fight Choreography Dave Maier
Recommended for those ages 5 and older. The show runs 2 hours, including 1 intermission.