April 12, 2013
SHOE BIZ? Show biz? What's the difference? Not much, according to Benjamin Lovell , and he should know. By day, the 62-year-old York, England, native and current Wilmington, Del., resident is the founder of the five-store Benjamin Lovell Shoes chain. By night (and weekends), he is a veteran of local stages, including that of the Walnut Street Theatre, where his current five-year run as Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" has made him a yuletide tradition of sorts hereabouts. There are "not a lot" of differences, offered Lovell (pronounced LOVE-ull)
March 24, 2013 |
Emboldened by the London success of their HMS Pinafore but outraged at the rogue American productions that robbed them of royalties, Gilbert & Sullivan opened Pirates of Penzance in 1879 in New York to secure the U.S. copyright. Good thing, too, as it was another hit, skewering so many targets that it's best not to ask what pirates, virginal Victorian maidens, and mustachioed London police are doing in the same operetta. So all that the new Bristol Riverside Theatre production asks is that you sit back and enjoy the romp while it touches all sorts of satirical bases in one of the company's big-cast, big-budget productions of the season.
October 28, 2007 |
Bruce Bogdanoff called 12 members of the Rose Valley Chorus & Orchestra to order by playing "Pour, O Pour the Pirate Sherry" on the piano. The men - who had been talking, putting their coats down, picking up sword and hat props - broke into song, puffed up their chests, and swaggered as only men of the high seas can. "OK, let's just go through the music right now," Robin Greene said to start the rehearsal. The retired medical technologist from King of Prussia has been involved with the theater group since the 1960s, and like other members, has many W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan songs memorized.
January 21, 2000 |
With so many biographical movies taking great liberties with the truth (see "The Hurricane" or "JFK") the Daily News asked Gilbert and Sullivan expert Bruce Montgomery to vet "Topsy-Turvy" for both rhyme and reason. "Topsy-Turvy" writer-director Mike Leigh would have made a good many Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados happy had he included scenes from "H.M.S. Pinafore," "The Pirates of Penzance" or "The Yeomen of the Guard. " Instead, he chose a three-year chunk out of the G&S saga, showing us only 1883 to 1885.
October 25, 1999 |
Michael Tunney is the center of attention as the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance. " The Savoy Company of Philadelphia's Traveling Troupe performed the operetta yesterday at the 20th Century Club in Lansdowne.
February 6, 1998 |
Philadelphia, from what we can tell, was never a hotbed of pirates. We're known more for our bluebloods than our blackbeards. Today, though, the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing is raising the Jolly Roger on "Under the Black Flag: Life Among the Pirates," a multimedia exhibition organized by the South Street Seaport Museum in New York and curated by pirate-life author David Cordingly. It will be here through mid-August. A pirate-theme opening party, complete with treasure hunt, crafts, snacks and prizes, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.
January 13, 1998 |
The director of The Pirates of Penzance at the Puttin' on the Ritz Theater says he wanted to recreate the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan in his production. While it is difficult, 119 years after the operetta premiered, to appreciate just what that "spirit" might have been, you suspect, as you watch this light and amusing, well-performed entertainment, that director Art McKenzie has gotten it right. There is not a serious or respectful moment in this consistently humorous production.
July 31, 1994 |
Backstage was a mix of adrenalin and jitters. Actors fussed with their faces, checked their coiffed tresses, and adjusted suspenders on their lederhosen. It was a dress rehearsal before the performance of their lives. On Tuesday, the players will be in Buxton, England, to participate in the First International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival. For members of the area's Savoy Opera Company, the trip is a pilgrimage. The nearly century-old Philadelphia-area group is founded on the 19th-century works of Sir William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan.
November 15, 1992 |
The hero of The Pirates of Penzance was mistakenly apprenticed to a pirate band until his 21st birthday. When he turned 21, he found that the fine print in his contract - based on a quirk that had to do with leap years - required him to stay a pirate for 60 more years. Since 1992 is a leap year, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County will perform the comic opera this Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 40 singers and full orchestra, at West Chester University's Philip Memorial Hall.