The Pirates of Penzance is a "Savoy Opera" by Gilbert and Sullivan. The only Gilbert and Sullivan opera to have a premiere in New York City, it was a smash hit on its opening on New Year's Eve in 1879, and remains one of their most popular works today.
Selections Used in Muppet Productions
- Gilda Radner and a Seven-foot-tall Talking Carrot in episode 304 of The Muppet Show
- Scooter in episode 412 of The Muppet Show. Song modified to list guest stars.
- Dr. Bunsen Honeydew in The Muppet Show On Tour, spoofed as "I am the Very Model of a Scientific Scientist"
- Included in Gilda Radner and the Carrot's medley in episode 304 of The Muppet Show.
- The At the Dance spot in episode 507 of The Muppet Show featured Eric the Parrot explaining to his dance partner at what point in history parrots learned to talk. According to Eric, the first School for Talking Parrots began over 2,000 years ago by one of Ben Hur's great aunts; hence the famous Parrots of Ben's Aunts.
- The Muppets Character Encyclopedia mentions Annie Sue took place in the stage production of The Pigs of Penzance.
- Pat Galloway played Ruth in a 1985 television production.
- Louise Gold played Edith in the 1982 film version and Isabel in the 1982 London production
- Abby Hadfield has played both Edith and Isabel.
- Jeff Hyslop played Frederic in a 1985 television production.
- Kevin Kline played the Pirate King in the 1981 Broadway production, and the 1982 film version.
- Chris Langham played the Sergeant of Police in the 1982 London production.
- Clive Revill played Major-General Stanley in the 1981 national tour.
- Linda Ronstadt played Mabel in the 1981 Broadway production, and in the 1982 film version.
- Gary Sandy was a replacement for the Pirate King in the 1981 Broadway production.
- Paxton Whitehead played the Sergeant of Police in the 1981 national tour.