This show incorporates many
of the usual narrative elements of a Gilbert and Sullivan story -- love across
the social barriers, people not being who they seem to be, etc - and weaves them
more modern story of a
corporate mogul (a Franchise King also known as the Corporate Pirate of Penzance)
who is hoping his daughter will marry into the British aristocracy, and a
penniless young poet who falls in love with the daughter. The show uses some of
Gilbert and Sullivan's most popular and well known songs from Pirates of
Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado, Iolanthe, Trial by Jury and The
Gondoliers, mixing the music of Arthur Sullivan and the words of
W.S. Gilbert with lyrics that reflect the modernized narrative.
composer shares his lyrics for
"I Am the Very Model of a Modern Intellectual"
Cast RequirementsThe show requires a cast of 8 main characters, nine
secondary characters, and a general chorus of at least 10, but the chorus can be
expanded to 20 or more. Orchestrations
are available for 10-12 instruments.
JACK POINTLESS, the
JOSEPHINE, daughter of the Pieman of Penzance
RALPH, a penniless orphan poet and minstrel
THE PIEMAN OF PENZANCE, also known as The Franchise King and the Corporate
Pirate of Penzance
LORD BODMIN, an hereditary Peer of the Realm
BUTTERCUP, a mysterious person with a dark secret
PERCY, Lord Bodmin's son (or is
SERGEANT OF THE POLICE
Three "Hot and Sexy
Three female ballet
Please see Production Enquiries for
licensing contacts. Libretto, orchestrations/scores, midi files and backing tracks are available upon
request; contact Bernard J. Taylor.