Artist Series: Pirates of Penzance! March 12th!

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The Pirates of Penzance is possibly one of the most whimsical and clever of the Gilbert and Sullivan Pantheon of comic operettas. Plus there is the local tie in---The Major General is widely supposed to have been based partially on the bloody minded and pedantic father in law of Jville's most famous and colorful Madame: Lord Donald Stewart and Cora Crane respectively. This week the madness proceeds apace at the Times Union Center! Join us after the jump for details (and a wonderful video clip!)

JACKSONVILLE, FL – THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE comes to Jacksonville’s Times- Union Center’s Moran Theater for one performance only on Tuesday, March 12th at 7:30PM!  This New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players production is your chance to get carried away by Pirates!  The rich sounds of full orchestra, chorus, and legitimate vocal soloists resonate with classic elegance and power while the company’s vibrancy, energy and contemporary sense of humor keep the operetta alive and exciting to a modern audience.
Join the band of swashbuckling buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightfully dotty “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp over the rocky coast of Cornwall!  This exuberant musical theater masterpiece, directed and conducted by Albert Bergeret with choreography by Bill Fabris, is performed in its original format.  THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - they’ll steal your heart away!
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, or The Slave of Duty, was first performed at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on December 31, 1879.  It was the only Gilbert & Sullivan operetta to have its world premiere in the United States, and it has remained popular both here and throughout the English speaking world ever since.

Gilbert’s wit (always incisive but never vicious or dated) and Sullivan’s memorable score (including the original tune from which “Hail, hail the gang’s all here” is drawn) are among the most valuable treasures of musical theater history.  Patter songs are a Gilbert & Sullivan trademark and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE features the most famous of them all, “I am the very model of a modern Major-General.” This jaunty tune has been cleverly set to different words countless times (Tom Lehrer’s element song a notable example) and used in commercials to sell everything from Campbells soup to Handi-wipes, cars, newspapers and other items.
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE also contains some of Gilbert’s most famous lyrics such as the often used quotation “a policeman’s lot is not a happy one” from the act two lament of the diffident “men in blue.”  Other highlights of the show include “For I am a Pirate King”, the pirates’ “Here’s a first rate opportunity”, the policemen’s “When the foeman bears his steel” and Mabel’s show stopping coloratura aria “Poor wand’ring one”.
Tickets for THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE start at $37.00  and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 at  Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or
Please contact Sarah Roy ASAP for interview opportunities and show materials.
To order by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover call
The Artist Series Box Office at
(904) 442-BWAY (2929)
(toll-free outside of Jacksonville 1-888-860-BWAY)
Tickets are also available online with Instant Seat Selection by visiting the
The Artist Series’ website: