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Montego Glover Chats ‘Pirates of Penzance,’ Docking at City Center in October


From October 15th to 16th, “The Pirates of Penzance” will dock again in New York City, thanks to Master Voices, who will kick off their 2015-2016 season with the Gilbert and Sullivan classic at City Center. Featuring an all-star cast from Broadway and opera, including Deborah Voigt (Metropolitan Opera), Hunter Parrish (“Weeds”; Godspell), Phillip Boykin (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess), Douglas Hodge (La Cages aux Folles; “Penny Dreadful”), Julia Udine (The Phantom of the Opera), Montego Glover (Memphis, It Shoulda Been You), and Betsy Wolfe (The Last Five Years), the production will be directed by Ted Sperling with musical accompaniment by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Following the success of their 2012 production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s, “Mikado” at Carnegie Hall, this semi-staged presentation will feature Arthur Sullivan’s original orchestrations, with choreography and associate direction provided by Gustavo Zajac, sets by David Korins, lighting by Frances Aronson, and sound by Scott Lehrer.

Currently starring as Fantine in the Broadway production of “Les Miserables”, Tony Award nominee Montego Glover will take a short break to join “The Pirates of Penzance”as Major-General Stanley’s daughter, Kate. “It’s funny,” Glover told #COTA, “I feel like I’ve worked on a production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ about every five to 10 years.”

“This will be my third time working on [it]… I’m very excited. I think it’s absolutely brilliant,” she added. “I’m really excited to work with Ted Sperling again, too.”

“It’s right here in the city and it’s going to give me the opportunity to step out of ‘Les Mis’ for just a second and go and do a fun walk in a little G&S operetta, and then hop on back to the barricade.”

Single tickets are $30-$130 and are available at NYCityCenter.org.For more information visit: www.mastervoices.org/city-center-series. The MasterVoices’ Gala, includes pre-concert cocktails and dinner on Thursday, October 15 at 5pm at Le Parker Meridien; with concert at 8pm at New York City Center. For more information and Gala tickets, call 646-202-9623.


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