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The Pirates of Penzance (1994)

TV Movie  -  Musical | Comedy  -  1994 (Australia)
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Credited cast:
Jon English ...
Helen Donaldson ...
Toni Lamond ...
Derek Metzger ...
Tim Tyler ...
Susie French ...
Edith (The Fabulous Singlettes)
Melissa Langton ...
Kate (The Fabulous Singlettes)
Anna Butera ...
Isabel (The Fabulous Singlettes)
Simon Gallaher ...
Glynn Nicholas ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Barry-Smith ...
Christophe Broadway ...
David Coombs ...
Robert Dale ...


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The Pirates of Penzance  »

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[first lines]
Pirates: [sings] Pour, o pour the pirate sherry.
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Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Composed by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by Simon Gallaher, Susie French, Melissa Langton Anna Butera and Pirates.
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Too much slapstick
29 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The director seems to have been trying to replicate the mood of the Kevin Kline/Rex Smith film version of PoP but ended up turning it into a carnival rather than a musical. The Fabulous Singlettes as General Stanley's daughters was a good gag. They turn their songs into DooWop numbers. They sit around the stage smoking and cackling. They look more like hookers from a Fellini film than the usual bevy of Victorian maidens, but it works.

Apparently, that wasn't enough comedy, because every character in the production plays their part with the broadest slapstick possible. I wouldn't mind .... except that they stop the music to do it. Almost every single song is stopped literally half a dozen times so that the singer(s) can do a pratfall or a gag. The actors playing Frederic and Mabel have very strong voices, and their duets are wonderful. The Pirate King and Ruth are clearly more comfortable with comedy than with singing. The Actor playing General Stanley was the worst. He does his whole part in a fake "old man" voice, and his physical schtick does not work. I actually left the room and washed my dishes while he was singing Major General. And I still didn't miss most of the song. This version is almost half an hour longer than the Kline/Smith version because they just keep stopping the musical to wink-wink-nudge-nudge at the audience.

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