This series explores musical theatre: the music, shows, history, and lore, and is presented live on Virtual Community Radio. Each episode, host Caledonia Skytower spotlights a different show or creative personality from the musical theatre canon.
This episode explores the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan and its impact on American musical theater, with guest Elrik Merlin. W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s dozen operettas directly influenced musical theater in the 20th Century, introducing innovations in content and form that are still part of the language of musicals today. They’ve stood the tests of time, politics, and parody – oftentimes encouraging the latter.
NOTE: The actor mentioned in this episode who portrayed the Police Constable in the 1980 New York Public Theater production was actually Tony Azito, not Tony Anselmo.
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