The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance
A hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers and an eccentric Major-General.

Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. A fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic operas, this updated version of The Pirates Of Penzance took New York by storm when it premiered in Central Park in 1980, leading to a subsequent smash-hit Broadway run.

Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates' way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic's melodious tones win over the heart of Major General Stanley's songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an "ingenious paradox" may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of "The very model of a modern Major-General."

The beauty, wit and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic score is suffused with a modern sensibility, making this version an excellent choice for opera and light opera companies looking to expand their audience base. The sheer number of memorable roles makes it perfect for community and school groups. And with production requirements consisting of only two sets and a medium-sized orchestra, The Pirates Of Penzance should be considered by any company featuring comic actors with excellent singing voices.

Concert Selections for The Pirates of Penzance

Concert Selections are original Broadway orchestrations and exciting new symphonic arrangements of select songs for use in concert performances. Concert Selections are the perfect way to give audiences a taste of the musical theatre experience without the sets, props and costumes.

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  • OVERTURE ("PIRATES OF PENZANCE")
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    PIRATES OF PENZANCE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    Db
    Estimated duration
    50 sec
    Music by
    SIR ARTHUR SEYMOUR SULLIVAN
    Arranged by
    WILLIAM ELLIOTT
    Instrumentation
    1 Reed 1, 1 Red 2a, 1 Reed 2b, 1 Reed 3, 2 Trumpet 1&2, 1 Trombone, 1 Bass 1, 1 Percusion 1, 1 Percussion 2, 1 Percussion 3, 1 Keyboard 1/Conductor, 1 Keyboard 2
  • WITH CAT-LIKE TREAD
    From
    PIRATES OF PENZANCE
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
    Starting Key
    D
    Estimated duration
    3 min 50 sec
    Music by
    SULLIVAN, ARTHUR
    Lyrics by
    GILBERT, WILLIAM
    Instrumentation
    1 Bass 1 (acoustic), 1 Bass 2 (Fender), 2 Keyboard 1/Conductor(Piano) 1 Keyboard 2 (RMI/Celeste), 1 Reed 1 (Flute & Piccolo), 1 Reed 2A (Clarinet), 1 Reed 2B (Clarinet), 1 Reed 3 (Bassoon), 2 Trumpets 1&2, 1 Trombone, 1 Percussion 1, 1 Percussion 2, 1 Percussion 3, 25 Chorus Books
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