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San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 S Almaden Blvd. San Jose, CA 95113
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4.1 / 5 Rated by 7 members
Review from Mr. Boozle
Red Velvet 55 events 11 reviews

I am certainly no expert in Ballet, but I'd like to think I'm an expert on having fun, and this Ballet was certainly that. From my amazing seat near the front of the Dress Circle, I audibly gasped several times as the Pirate King (Meng Lu) took...continued

reviewed Nov 19 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from gwen
30 events 13 reviews

Ballet with opera narrations. The performance was average. The choreography was ok. The opera voices was average-hard to hear and lacked smoothness. The orchestra performance was lovely. The seating was great-slanted seat rows, small theater...continued

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Review from gwen
30 events 13 reviews

The event felt long and slow. The story tempo was slow, confusing, and uninteresting. The dance choreography and performance was pleasant to watch but unexciting. The opera singing consisted of 4 singers sitting infront of the stage. The...continued

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“Brave and jolly Pirates!…enjoyable, giddy…sustained virtuosic dancing. Four singers are ingeniously woven into the ballet.” —_The New York Times _


Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance explodes onto the ballet stage with swashbuckling pirates and damsels in distress. Following the comic operetta of 1879 and the hit musical of 1980, choreographer Daryl Gray’s extravaganza is jam packed with tour de force dance, a re-orchestrated Broadway-flavored score featuring four comic onstage vocalists, Symphony Silicon Valley live performance under the baton of Dwight Oltman, and all the fantasy, gaiety, and romance that this wonderful G&S story has to offer. Ballet San Jose Artistic Director Nahat calls Daryl Gray’s Pirates of Penzance, “stylish fantasy and heaps of fun.” These buccaneers deliver loads of action and non-stop laughs for the entire family.

Daryl Gray’s Pirates of Penzance traces the adventures of the always-dutiful young Frederic. After learning that, as a child, he was accidentally apprenticed to a band of pirates (his nurse misheard ‘pilot’ for ‘pirate’), Frederic vows to pursue a more honorable path in life and fight against the pirates—that is, as soon as he finishes his apprenticeship with them, as he feels his duty requires. The buccaneers, actually all kindhearted folk, find it hard to keep up their marauding ways, but nonetheless, they kidnap a group of beautiful young women to become their wives, incurring the wrath of the local authorities. Only the intervention of Frederic, who falls in love with one of the women, can bring peace between pirates and police.

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