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Kids Commute: 'Pirates of Penzance' Week!

This week on Kids Commute, we’re listening to the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, "The Pirates of Penzance!"

Gilbert & Sullivan were a much-loved musical duo from England during the Victorian Era.

They wrote operettas, which are like operas, except they are much shorter, and usually have a silly or funny storyline and typically have spoken words in addition to singing.

Sort of like a really early musical!

Listen all this week to hear the story of this topsy turvy operetta!

KC 'Pirates of Penzance' Week! - MONDAY: 'When Frederic was a little lad'
Cast of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" (1983)
KC 'The Pirates of Penzance' Week! - TUESDAY: 'Poor Wandering One'
Linda Ronstadt and the 1983 cast of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance"
KC 'The Pirates of Penzance' Week! - WEDNESDAY: I am the very model of a modern major general
Cast of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" (1983)
KC 'The Pirates of Penzance' Week! - THURSDAY: When the foeman bares his steel
Linda Ronstadt and the cast of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" (1983)
KC 'Pirates of Penzance' Week - FRIDAY: With cat-like tread
Cast of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" (1983)

Hear more music from and learn more about "Pirates of Penzance" and Linda Ronstadt's iconic portrayal of Mabel on Classical Sprouts!

Soft-hearted Pirates! Fast-talking Major-Generals! Love, insomnia, battles, and love for the Queen! We’re heading to the shores of Cornwall, England with our pirate costumes as we explore the Gilbert and Sullivan favorite, "The Pirates of Penzance!"

American rock and pop singer Linda Ronstadt sang the role of Mabel in the 1983 movie version of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, "The Pirates of Penzance." But she wasn't known as an opera singer. Hear how she used that to her advantage in this episode of Classical Sprouts!

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Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.
Emily Duncan Wilson is IPR's digital content manager and is the producer of "Classical Sprouts" and "Kids Commute".