One Act, Book Musical, Thru Sung / Operetta, Rated G
Broadway Junior Version
A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, dim-witted young lovers, and an eccentric Major-General. (60 MINUTE VERSION FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS)
Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. The wit and whimsy
of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic score is suffused with a modern
sensibility in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR. a swashbuckling musical journey!
Set on the rocky coast of Cornwall, England,
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR. begins with a
group of pirates who are celebrating the birthday of one of their own,
Frederic, who has reached his twenty-first year. Finally having served
the full length of his required time with the pirates, he decides to
strike off on his own and become an upstanding citizen – which may even
mean bringing the pirates to justice. Thus turns out to be a tricky
prospect indeed, especially when Frederic’s freedom is called into
As a light comic introduction to operatic
themes, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR. makes
Gilbert and Sullivan easy to produce with young actors, featuring many
opportunities for singing as an ensemble or in small groups, with vocal
parts written in unison or simple two-part harmony. Featuring an
expandable cast size, the show offers a great showcase for a large
ensemble, with many great featured parts to showcase all levels of
ability, include some great roles for performers with comedic skills.
Your cast – and audiences too – are sure to be delighted by this
musical, which is the very model of a comedic crowd-pleaser!
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The part of Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, was originally written for Phil Silvers. Both he and Milton Berle turned down the role, leaving Zero Mostel, to create one of the most legendary characters in musical comedy.