The Pirates of Penzance

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The Pirates of Penzance

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The Pirates of Penzance

Release Date: June 01, 1980

Year    :   1980
Slogan    :   «A live 1980 performance in Central Park before the production moved to Broadway.»
Genres    :   Music, Comedy, Adventure
Production Companies    :   New York Shakespeare Festival
Director    :   Joshua White, Wilford Leach
Producers    :   Joseph Papp
Writers    :   W.S. Gilbert
RunTime    :   123 mins.

This Pirates of Penzance is primarily a historical document, part of the Broadway Theater Archive television series. It presents, with some inevitable, tiny technical shortcomings, a live 1980 performance in Central Park, not the 1983 movie of the same name that also starred Linda Ronstadt and Kevin Kline. Those who remember that film, which had the benefit of retakes and editing, a lavish production budget, and the spaciousness of a Hollywood studio, may find this video less polished. On its own terms, it is nonetheless thoroughly enjoyable.

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