Pirates of Penzance (1981 Off-Broadway Joe Papp Version)

Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. A fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular comic operas, this updated version of The Pirates of Penzance took New York by storm when it premiered in Central Park in 1980, leading to a subsequent smash-hit Broadway run.

Pirates of Penzance (1981 Off-Broadway Joe Papp Version)

PROGRAMMED INSTRUMENTS

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$300.00

Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. A fresh take on one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comic operas, this updated version of The Pirates of Penzance took New York by storm when it premiered in Central Park in 1980, leading to a subsequent smash-hit Broadway run.

PROGRAMMING NOTES

This licensed orchestration is based on the 1980 Off-Broadway version at the Public Theater that moved to Broadway in 1981 and was produced by Joseph Papp.

This show was orchestrated to be stick conducted. There are two keyboard books in this orchestration, both of which have keyboard programming necessary to the sound of the show. In the Original production the keyboards used were an RMI Rock-si-chord, a Crumar Performer, acoustic celeste, acoustic piano, and an ARP Quadra. These sounds have been authentically sampled to sound just like the original.

ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM

Words by: W. S. Gilbert
Music by: Sir Arthur Sullivan
Produced by: Joseph Papp
Music adapted by: William Elliott
The restoration of part of the original New York finale (1879) was done by: Richard Traubner

ORIGINAL 1981 BROADWAY ORCHESTRA

Conducted by: William Elliott
Associate Conductor: Dan Berlinghoff
Keyboards: Dan BerlinghoffAllen ShawnSusan Anderson and Ada Janik
Winds: Richard Cohen and Simeon Westbrooke
Flutes: Keith Underwood and Sheryl Henze
Trumpet: Lauren Draper and Ron Stinson
Trombones: Keith Green
Percussion: William MoerschWilliam Ruyle and Larry Spivack
Bass: Dennis Masuzzo and Michael Tomasula
Clarinet: Steven Hartman 

SHOW DESCRIPTION

Gilbert and Sullivan’s hilarious, hopeful farce follows young Frederic, an orphan who has mistakenly been apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. He disavows the pirates’ way of life and falls for the beautiful Mabel. Frederic’s melodious tones win over the heart of Major-General Stanley’s songbird daughter, Mabel, but when the Pirate King discovers that General Stanley has lied about being an orphan to keep the pirates from stealing all of his belongings and carrying off his bevy of beautiful daughters, an “ingenious paradox” may prevent the budding romance and lead to the death of “The very model of a modern Major-General.”

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