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The Pirates of Penzance

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G

Celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” by talking like these delightful rascals!

pirates%20of%20penzance.jpgFebruary 29 (Leap Day) comes only once every four years, a calendrical adjustment that is of the utmost importance in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. It seems that Frederic, mistakenly apprenticed to pirates (his hard-of-hearing nurse misunderstood when his parents told her to take him to be apprenticed to pilots), is pleased to be out of his indentures when he turns 21. But then it turns out that while he has lived 21 years, because he was born on Leap Day, he has only celebrated his 4th birthday.

For some ridiculous reason, to which, however, I’ve no desire to be disloyal,
Some person in authority, I don’t know who, very likely the Astronomer Royal,
Has decided that, although for such a beastly month as February,
twenty-eight days as a rule are plenty,
One year in every four his days shall be reckoned as nine and twenty.
Through some singular coincidence – I shouldn’t be surprised if it were owing to the
agency of an ill-natured fairy –
You are the victim of this clumsy arrangement, having been born in leap-year,
on the twenty-ninth of February;
And so, by a simple arithmetical process, you’ll easily discover,
That though you’ve lived twenty-one years, yet, if we go by birthdays,
you’re only five and a little bit over!

Celebrate this quadrennial occasion with a viewing of the delightful The Pirates of Penzance.



  • Momof2

    I LOVE the Kevin Kline, Linda Ronstadt version of the P of P, but you’d be much better off watching the video tape version of the 1983 movie. This DVD of the Central Park performance is really hard to hear, and is not likely to engage anyone who doesn’t remember the great 1983 version.

  • Nell Minow

    You are right! I was very disappointed to see that the movie version (same cast and director) was not available on DVD. But I put the link in the post in case people no longer have VHS players in their homes. I hope the movie version becomes available on DVD soon, and certainly before the next leap year!

  • Jenna

    Amazon.com says it’s “coming soon”. I dug out the old BETA player to show this movie to my son. He’s 8 and loved it. He especially liked “Model Major General”

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