Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance
by Gilbert and Sullivan [DVD 782.14 Pir]

Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt lead a very charming production of The Pirates of Penzance. The singing is phenomenal-- I especially enjoyed Rondstadt's first entrance as "Mabel" - a naive young daughter of a Major General who runs into trouble and young love with pirates. Other highlights include Kline's version of "Cat-Like Tread," where the pirates dance around in a not so cat-like fashion, and of course the famous hit, "Modern Major General" sung by George Rose. Witty, funny, charming, and incredibly virtuosic. [If you like this, you may also enjoy The Mikado - by Gilbert and Sullivan (DVD); HMS Pinafore and Trial by Jury - by Gilbert and Sullivan (DVD); Gilbert and Sullivan: a Dual Biography - by Michael Ainger] -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[The Pirates of Penzance is also available in a variety of other formats, including Score, Compact and annotated sheet music.]

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