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The Pirates of Penzance (1982)

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As a young child, Frederic had been apprenticed to a pirate by mistake when he should have been apprenticed to a pilot. Now, having reached his 21st year, Frederic's indentures are at last ... See full summary »

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As a young child, Frederic had been apprenticed to a pirate by mistake when he should have been apprenticed to a pilot. Now, having reached his 21st year, Frederic's indentures are at last over and he happily leaves the service of the pirates. When Frederic meets the beautiful Mabel, one of the many daughters (or wards in Chancery) of Major-General Stanley, they fall in love and decide to marry. However, complications arise when the pirates decide to marry the rest of the Major-General's daughters, themselves - and Frederic's birthdate turns out to be not all it seems. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Spectacular performance of classic Gilbert and Sullivan.
11 April 2001 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

It was in high school when I first saw the Pirates of Penzance. But it was performed by high school students who were, as a whole, unexperienced in the medium of musical theater. Some of them could sing, some of them could act, but not all of them could do both. (It was also kind of hard to make out what they were saying). So naturally, I didn't enjoy the performance all that much. Years later, in the present day, I rediscovered this opera after seeing a college production of The Mikado which sparked my now dominant interest in Gilbert & Sullivan. When I bought this video, I had no idea what was in store. For almost two hours, I was glued to the television and afterwards I could only utter a single word: "Wow". The performers are exactly as I picture them whenever I listen to the soundtrack. One stand-out in the cast is Keith Mitchell in the role of the Major General. He came right in and executed that famous patter song, "I am the very model of a modern major general," with absolute gusto and expression. The only real complaint I had with this video is that one man in the gentlemen's chorus was noticibly flat, which didn't make the policemen's song, "when a foeman bares his steel," as enjoyable. Other than that, the opera was perfectly cast, each performer giving a very solid performance.


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