Roundabout Theatre Company will present a benefit concert reading of the Tony-winning Gilbert and Sullivan musical The Pirates of Penzance October 17 at 7:30 PM at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre.
Scott Ellis will direct with choreography by Warren Carlyle.
Pirates, featuring an adaptation by Tony winner Rupert Holmes, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.S. Gilbert, will star Tony winner David Hyde Pierce as Major General, Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo as Pirate King, Tony nominee Lilli Cooper as Ruth, Colton Ryan as Frederic, and Samantha Williams as Mabel.
The company will also include Eddie Cooper, Cicily Daniels, Jōvan Dansberry, Alex Dorf, Rick Faugno, Leslie Donna Flesner, Curtis Holland, Madison McBride, and Ryan Worsing with remaining cast to be announced soon.
Ellis and Carlyle’s new staging envisions a production that sets sail in the heart of New Orleans, home of the real-life Pirates of the Pontchartrain. The partially staged reading, a first step in a Broadway-aimed revival, also features jazz, blues, ragtime, and symphonic music arrangements by orchestrators Joseph Joubert and Daryl Waters.
The creative team also includes scenic designer David Rockwell and lighting designer Donald Holder with additional creatives to be announced.
Joseph Papp's 1981 Broadway production of The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Wilford Leach and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning three, including Best Reproduction (Play or Musical).
Proceeds will support Roundabout Theatre Company’s many programs and initiatives, including Education at Roundabout.
Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org/pirates for information and to purchase tickets.