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Brandon O'Neill (center) as the Pirate King and the cast of The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Molly Shields)

Classical MPR: Laughter and romance with ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

August 13, 2015 10:11 am | Leave your thoughts

By Alison Young, Classical MPR   Listen to the full interview on Classical MPR here.   What is it about Gilbert and Sullivan? The music is catchy and memorable; maybe not deep, but certainly well crafted. The words are so silly in their rhyming couplets that I bet you’re like me and wish you had super-titles to follow along — even though the libretto is in English. I just don’t want to miss a precious word! ... more


Gary Briggle and Brandon O'Neill in The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Molly Shields)

‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Offers a Silly, Entertaining Night at the Ordway

August 13, 2015 10:04 am | Leave your thoughts

By Ed Huyck, City Pages One of the most entertaining shows in the Twin Cities right now is an opera. Wait, don’t run away. This isn’t about sitting for seven hours watching people in Viking helmets bellow in German. The Ordway’s thoroughly entertaining The Pirates of Penzance makes the most of Gilbert and Sullivan’s enduring work by embracing its absurd core, with a tremendously talented cast along for the ride. James Rocco’s production does push ... more


WCCO: Backstage With The Pirates of Penzance

August 10, 2015 11:59 am | Leave your thoughts

Rachel and Natalie from WCCO Saturday Morning went backstage and behind-the-scenes with Brandon O’Neill (The Pirate King), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (Frederic), and Dane Stokinger (Samuel) to talk about the Ordway’s production of The Pirates of Penzance.


Gary Briggle as Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Molly Shields)

Aisle Say Twin Cities Reviews ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

August 10, 2015 10:36 am | Leave your thoughts

By Liz Byron, Aisle Say Twin Cities It’s pretty simple: if the thought of pirates mixing in singing and dancing with their swashbuckling doesn’t sound awesome to you, then… well, first of all, I think you’re crazy. But second of all, you should probably stay clear of the Ordway between now and August 16, because their production of The Pirates of Penzance is chock full of well-choreographed piratey songs. Heck, even the drinks at the bar ... more


Brandon O'Neill, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, and Kersten Rodau in The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Molly Shields)

Should you see the Ordway’s Pirates of Penzance? A one-question quiz.

August 7, 2015 3:10 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Minnesota Theater Love The question is this: Do you like to have fun? If you said yes, then you should absolutely see The Pirates of Penzance, showing now through August 16. There is so much to love about this production that it’s difficult to know where to begin! The 18-piece orchestra kicks it off with a sprightly overture, by the end of which we have already met the pirates, and the pace never lets ... more


Brandon O'Neill, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, and Kersten Rodau in The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Molly Shields)

Cherry and Spoon Reviews “The Pirates of Penzance” at the Ordway

August 7, 2015 2:15 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Jill Schafer, Cherry and Spoon I interrupt this all-Fringe-all-the-time coverage to bring you some theater news that exists outside of the Fringe Festival. Yes it’s true, there is non-fringey theater going on in early August, who knew? Last night the Ordway opened their boisterous and gorgeously sung and played production of my favorite Gilbert and Sullivan comedy operetta – The Pirates of Penzance. It’s an absolutely delightful evening of music-theater, and don’t worry, while ... more


Kersten Rodau as Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Molly Shields)

phenomenal Twin Cities Reviews “The Pirates of Penzance”

August 7, 2015 2:05 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Stephanie Kwong, phenomenal Twin Cities Before the Pirates of Silicon Valley and the Pirates of the Caribbean, there were the Pirates of Penzance!!!  The superfluous exclamation points are a necessity for this Gilbert & Sullivan operetta that has continued to delight audiences for 136 years and shows no signs of slowing down.  Speaking to the inter-generational appeal of this broad musical comedy, the audience ranged from children to Millennials on awkward double-dates to great-grand parents, ... more


Gary Briggle as Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Molly Shields)

How Was the Show Reviews ‘The Pirates Of Penzance’ at the Ordway

August 7, 2015 1:34 pm | Leave your thoughts

By John Olive, How Was the Show? The first thing to say about the Ordway’s rollicking production of the William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan classic The Pirates Of Penzance (in the cavernous Ordway, through August 16): it’s good. Excellent, in fact. Especially the music. Everyone sings the wonderful music with laudable authority. Everybody. Especially (as a reviewer, I’m obigated to single out favorite performers) Brandon O’Neill at the lusty Pirate King, Gary Briggle as Major-General ... more


Brandon O'Neill (center) as the Pirate King and the cast of The Pirates of Penzance (Photo by Molly Shields)

Ordway’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ sails in with breezy fun

August 7, 2015 1:28 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press Just before the house lights dim for “The Pirates of Penzance,” the pre-show announcement encourages audiences to enjoy the production, “created right here at the Ordway, just for you!” Except that’s not quite true. This production was created — costume, sets, concept and trio of leading actors — for the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle back in 2013. We know this because the action of the show has been ... more