“The Pirates of Penzance” is a comic opera in two acts. The music was written by Arthur Sullivan and the libretto was created by W.S. Gilbert. The popular opera has been a hit with audiences and critics since its New York debut in 1879.
Set during Queen Victoria’s reign, the story revolves around young Frederic, who is released from his apprenticeship with a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, and the two fall instantly in love. However, Frederic learns that he was born on February 29. Since he technically only has a birthday once every leap year, he must serve another 63 years of his apprenticeship.
The light-hearted opera includes the often-parodied “Major-General’s Song,” which has been featured in TV shows “Frasier,” “The Simpsons” and “The Muppet Show.”
“Pirates” will be performed by the prestigious New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, a professional repertory company under the direction of artistic director Albert Bergeret. The production includes a cast of 23 members and a 17-piece orchestra. The New York Times called the production “opulent…colorful and inventive” and “an endearing production with high musical standards and spirited performances.”