TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 at 8:00 PM
H.M.S. Pinafore in One Act and Other Gilbert & Sullivan Favorites
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Tuesday, August 4, bring the Bowl’s annual night of opera. The Gilbert and Sullivan Players join us once again from New York City to present HMS Pinafore and Other Gilbert and Sullivan Favorites. Expect all the famous numbers by all the famous characters dressed to the nines in Victorian splendor!
Following intermission, the players return in black tie and gowns to entertain with selections from the full repertoire of Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas.
This seaworthy satire of overblown and romanticized nationalism put the wind in Gilbert & Sullivan’s sails and marked the beginning of modern musical theater. The captain’s daughter, Josephine, has caught the eye—and the heart—of both lowly seaman Ralph Rackstraw and pretentious First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. While the Captain and Sir Joseph sing the praises of polite etiquette and equality to the crew, they change their tune when Josephine and Ralph try to elope. The sailors and Sir Joseph’s groupies (known as his sisters, and his cousins, and his aunts) plot to assist the lovers while swirling across the deck of the famous ship named for a little girl’s bib dress! Only a bumbling baby-farmer named Little Buttercup can unravel the mess of mistaken identities and mismatched marriages. The epitome of concise theatrical storytelling, each character is introduced with a memorable signature song, true love overcomes class barriers, and an intentionally ludicrous ending, where Ralph and the Captain switch places, results in 3 weddings.
In its forty-fifth year of operation, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) is America’s preeminent professional Gilbert & Sullivan repertory ensemble. Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Albert Bergeret, who has been hailed as “the leading custodian of the G&S classics” by New York Magazine, NYGASP has created its own special niche in the cultural mosaic of New York City and the nation. Since its founding in 1974, the company has presented over 2000 performances of the G&S masterpieces throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.K. captivating audiences of all ages.
Pinafore will sweep you away…Don’t be surprised to find your feet tapping to the joyous melodies, merry choruses and patter songs…enjoy the wit and satire, share the wonderful music and spoof…the cast threads and dances its way across the decks with agility and kaleidoscopic motion.
— New York Post
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