H.M.S. Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore

DVD - 2011
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A sailor falls for the captain's daughter. The couple becomes thwarted in their attempt to keep their love alive, but a strange twist in the tale offers these lovers another chance.
Publisher: [Arlington, Va.] : Distributed by PBS Home Video, c2011
ISBN: 9781608835997
Branch Call Number: DVD 782.12 HMS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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michaelmlny
Mar 31, 2017

While it is not a traditional take on the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, it is nevertheless a wonderful reconfiguration. The staging is hip, the dancing acrobatic and the performances fun and campy. A refreshing change from the usual staid performances with the cast dutifully (and usually robotically) oversinging the productions. It is unpretentious, most delightful and exceedingly fun.

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kimberlychapman
Apr 24, 2013

Folks should be aware that while this appears to use G&S lyrics, the music has been changed. It doesn't sound the least bit like G&S. If you're looking for a modern take on Pinafore, fine, but if like me you're looking for the classic to show to your kid, this is not what you want.

My husband and I also couldn't stomach it beyond the first number because the modernized music is really just the most banal Broadway-ish yawnfest you could imagine. Frankly, the Sideshow Bob version is better.

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