The Muny plays a plundering of Gilbert and Sullivan
The musical "Pirates! (or, Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder'd)" is a plundering of sorts. The show, at the outdoor Muny, is an update on musical masterminds W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance," giving a contemporary edge to the 100+ year old original.
The adaptation by Nell Benjamin, John McDaniel and Gordon Greenberg premiered in Connecticut only three years ago, reintroducing a new generation to a musical that still enjoys decent exposure. Their updates have been received with mixed reviews from critics, but most laud the production's adherence to the essence of the Gilbert & Sullivan eye for social and political satire. Original fans will have a chance to pick the play apart and decide for themselves through Sunday, Aug. 5.
Also coming up, the Galilee Circus, a joint Arab-Israeli youth circus, will perform at the City Museum, Alton's Little Theatre stages "Bye Bye Birdie" and Stray Dog Theatre debuts its rendition of The Great American Trailer Park Musical, a musical about, yes, a trailer park.
Pirates! (or, Gilbert & Sullivan Plunder'd)
Where: The Muny, 1 Theatre Dr., Forest Park, St. Louis
When: 8 p.m. nightly, through Aug. 5
How much: $10 - $70
Bye Bye Birdie
Where: Alton Little Theatre, 2450 N. Henry St., Alton
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 - 5
How much: $15 adults, $8 students
The Galilee Circus
Where: City Museum, 701 N. 15th St., St. Louis
When: 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4
How much: $8 - $12 (admission to City Museum)
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Where: Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee Ave., St. Louis
When: 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, Aug. 2 - 4
How Much: $20 adults, $18 students/seniors