The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance (1980)

A live 1980 performance in Central Park before the production moved to Broadway.

  • Genre: Music, Comedy, Adventure, TV Movie
  • Release Date: 1980-06-01
  • User Rating: 5.9/10 from 8 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 3min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: New York Shakespeare Festival
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Joshua White
star 5.9/10
From 8 Ratings


This Pirates of Penzance is primarily a historical document, part of the Broadway Theater Archive television series.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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  • Kevin Kline

    as The Pirate King
  • Linda Ronstadt

    as Mabel Stanley
  • Rex Smith

    as Frederic
  • Patricia Routledge

    as Ruth
  • Tony Azito

    as The Sergeant
  • George Rose

    as Major-General Stanley
  • G. Eugene Moose

    as Samuel, the Pirate King's Lieutenant
  • Alice Playten

    as Edith Stanley
  • Marcie Shaw

    as Kate Stanley
  • Wendy Wolfe

    as Isabel Stanley
  • Alix Korey

    as Soloist - Daughter
  • Robin Boudreau

    as Daughter
  • Maria Guida

    as Daughter
  • Nancy Heikin

    as Daughter
  • Bonnie Simmons

    as Daughter
  • Dean Badolato

    as Pirates and Police
  • Mark Beudert

    as Pirates and Police
  • Brian Bullard

    as Pirates and Police
  • Walter Caldwell

    as Pirates and Police
  • Keith David

    as Pirates and Police
  • Tim Flavin

    as Pirates and Police
  • Joseph Neal

    as Pirates and Police
  • Walter Niehenke

    as Pirates and Police
  • Joe Pichette

    as Pirates and Police
  • Barry Tarallo

    as Pirates and Police
  • Lara Teeter

    as Pirates and Police
  • Michael Edwin Willson

    as Pirates and Police
  • Audrey Lavine

    as Singer
  • Dennis Warning

    as Singer
Production Joseph Papp Producer
Directing Joshua White Director
Editing Ken Gutstein Editor
Costume & Make-Up Patricia McGourty Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up J. Roy Helland Makeup Designer
Art Bob Shaw Set Designer
Art Jack Chandler Set Designer
Art Wilford Leach Set Designer
Lighting Jennifer Tipton Lighting Design
Writing W.S. Gilbert Musical
Writing Arthur Sullivan Musical
Sound Don Ketteler Sound Designer
Costume & Make-Up J. Roy Helland Hair Designer
Production Jason Steven Cohen Production Supervisor
Crew Dennis Michaels Technical Supervisor
Lighting Nick Hutak Lighting Director
Sound David Hewitt Sound Recordist
Sound Frank Haber Sound Recordist
Sound Fran Daniel Sound Recordist
Production Mark Molesworth Production Manager
Camera Fran Kenny Camera Operator
Camera Jay Millard Camera Operator
Camera Jake Ostroff Camera Operator
Camera Dean Parisot Camera Operator
Camera Barry Rebo Camera Operator
Camera Jim Scurti Camera Operator
Camera Steve Zink Camera Operator
Production Dana Calderwood Production Assistant
Production Gary De Lena Production Assistant
Sound Rebecca Mercer-White Music Coordinator
Sound Ira Kushin Music Coordinator
Sound Naimy Hackett Music Coordinator
Sound Vincent Gizzi Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound William Elliott Orchestrator
Sound William Elliott Music Director
Sound William Elliott Conductor
Crew Graciela Daniele Choreographer
Directing Wilford Leach Stage Director