THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE Book by W.S. Gilbert Music by Arthur Sullivan
Seadogs have invaded Central Park this summer, but have no fear. These are not predatory muggers, these swashbucklers who have stormed the stage of the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theater, but gentlemen of merit, mirth and melody.
Sullivan's music is unshakable, and Gilbert's witty, alliterative lyrics may have inspired the young Noël Coward. The mood of the evening is lighthearted, impish and spoofy. The pirate ship is out of a child's storybook dream, and so are the characters who people the stage.
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