Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn, NJ) is currently presenting its mainstage production of Pirates!, a swashbuckling adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, a fully-staged theatrical concert with costumes, choreography and sword fighting. The show runs June 7th through July 8th, with opening night set for June 13th.
The company of Pirates! is led by veteran actors Farah Alvin (Mabel), Ed Dixon (Modern Major General), Barrett Foa (Frederic), Liz McCartney (Ruth), Gerry McIntyre (Sergeant) and Andrew Varela (The Pirate King). Rounding out the cast is: Timothy Alex, Katie Babb, Julia Burrows, Kristin Carlson, Michael Daly, Matt Ferraro, Michael Scott Harris, Morgan James, Robyn Kramer, Michael McKinsey, John O'Creagh, Julia Osborne, Lucas Richter, Tory Ross, Michael Rossmy, Roger Preston Smith and Daniel Spiotta.
Pirates!, with book and lyrics by Sir William S. Gilbert and music by Sir Arthur S. Sullivan, was conceived by Gordon Greenberg, Nell Benjamin, and John McDaniel with additional book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin, music supervision, new arrangements, and orchestrations by John McDaniel. "The Pirates of Penzance sets sail for the Caribbean in this raucous and rowdy update of an operetta comedy classic. Adapted from the original Gilbert and Sullivan libretto and set to a Caribbean inspired score, Director Gordon Greenberg navigates Pirates! into the 21st century, complete with swordfights and sex appeal. After a hard-of-hearing nurse mistakes the word "pilot" for "pirate," young Frederic finds himself apprenticed to a band of swashbuckling buccaneers. Now a young man, and with his final days of servitude rapidly approaching, he longs for a return to respectable life. But in true Gilbert and Sullivan style, mishap after mishap arises, and it will take a fair maiden, a fair amount of double-crossing, and the very model of a modern major general to reach a happy ending."
Visit www.papermill.org for tickets and more information.
Gerry McIntyre, Ed Dixon, Liz McCartney, Andrew Varela, Barrett Foa and Farah Alvin (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)
Roger Preston Smith, Michael Rossmy and Ed Dixon (Photo by Jacqueline Gedonious)
Andrew Varela, John O'Creagh, Daniel Spiotta and Mike Daly (Photo by Jacqueline Godonious)
Andrew Varela, John O'Creagh, Daniel Spiotta, Mike Daly and Lucas Richter (Photo by Jacqueline Godonious)
Andrew Varela (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)
Barrett Foa and Farah Alvin, with (back row) Julia Burrows, Morgan James, Tory Ross, Julia Osborne, Katie Babb and Robyn Kramer (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)
Roger Preston Smith, Michael McKinsey, Barrett Foa, John O'Creagh and Michael Scott Harris (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)
Andrew Varela, Barrett Foa and Liz McCartney (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)
Michael McKinsey, Timothy J. Alex, Andrew Varela, John O'Creagh and Daniel Spiotta (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)
Julia Burrows, Julia Osborne, Morgan James, Robyn Kramer, Katie Babb and Tory Ross (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)
Timothy J. Alex, Eric LaJuan Summers, Gerry McIntyre, Lucas Richter and Roger Preston Smith (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)
Daniel Spiotta, Michael Rossmy, Liz McCartney, Barrett Foa, Andrew Varela, Mike Daly and Michael Scott Harris (Photo by Gerry Goodstein)