PRELUDE TO A KISS
Written by Craig Lucas
At Peter and Rita's wedding, a mysterious old man insists on kissing the bride. While honeymooning, Peter gradually realizes that the woman by his side is not his wife. The wedding kiss caused Rita's soul and the old man's to change places. Peter must track down the old man and free his young love's spirit trapped in an aging and diseased body before it's too late.
PRELUDE TO A KISS takes a most familiar genre, romantic comedy, in directions…that propels the audience through hairpin emotional turns…until one is deposited at the final curtain in a winded and teary yet exhilarating state…” – New York Times
“A rare combination of laughter, romance and throat-tightening substance." – CurtainUp
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The Pirates of Penzance
“The Slave of Duty”
Libretto by W.S. Gilbert and Music by Arthur Sullivan
"The Pirates of Penzance" was written in 1879. A favorite among both opera and Broadway lovers, The Pirates of Penzance is one of the best known and loved of the prolific repertory by Gilbert and Sullivan. Last seen on Broadway in 1981, The Pirates of Penzance ran for 787 performances and won both the Tony Award for Best Revival and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.
The praised Victorian values included patriotism, optimism, decency, earnestness, sexual morality, hard work and thrift. A reverence for "character", "duty" and "will" appealed to all classes of the population.
The tongue-twisting "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" is suited to the quick oral delivery of their cast's General, who attempts a display of refinement of manners and morals that is suited to his day. Working on the music to "Pirates", Sullivan wrote home to his mother: "I think it will be a great success, for it is exquisitely funny and the music is strikingly tuneful and catching."