Dauntless Dick Deadeye

Dauntless Dick Deadeye

Herbert Appleman has re-worked H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta masterpiece, about two lovebirds from different backgrounds — a lowly sailor and his upper-class lass — who aren’t aware that after their birth they were mistakenly delivered by their foster mother to the wrong parents.

Herbert Appleman has re-worked H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta masterpiece, about two lovebirds from different backgrounds — a lowly sailor and his upper-class lass — who aren’t aware that after their birth they were mistakenly delivered by their foster mother to the wrong parents.

Why do Deadeye when you can do Pinafore? THE LONDON CRITICS TELL YOU WHY! Robert Hewison in the Sunday Times gave the production 4 stars and commended Ian Talbot “for choosing Herbert Appleman’s version rather than the Savoy Opera original.” Rebecca Tyrell in the Sunday Telegraph had a “deliriously happy evening on board the HMS Pinafore, thanks to the wonderfully entertaining version by Herbert Appleman.” Mark Shenton in Stage Online also expressed thanks for “a libretto that has been extensively revised by Herbert Appleman and thereby rescues a show that has become mired in tradition and gives it a fresh and refreshing lick of energy.” And everyone agreed with Michael Billington, who wrote, in the Guardian, that Ian Talbot’s production of Herbert Appleman’s new version “achieves that touch of ecstasy that is the sina qua non of all good musicals.”

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DAUNTLESS  DICK DEADEYE A New Version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. PINAFORE

By HERBERT APPLEMAN Music by Arthur Sullivan Original Book and Lyrics by W. S. Gilbert

DICK DEADEYE (Able Seaman): 35-45, a veteran sailor, loyal to the traditions of the Navy; an honest man who speaks the plain truth, and won’t back down from a fight; has something to say about every word or act of hypocrisy.

LITTLE BUTTERCUP (a Bumboat Woman): 40-50, the “rosiest, roundest reddest beauty in all Spithead;” a warm-hearted, lively woman, but with a dark deed in her past; secretly in love with Captain Corcoran

BOATSWAIN (Bo’sun): 30-50, well-informed, precise in speech, punctilious in manner; if he weren’t a boatswain, he’d be an Oxford don; the counterweight to Deadeye, he always defends Victorian conventions and proper behavior

RALPH RACKSTRAW (Able Seaman): 20-28, handsome, romantic, passionate, brave, a true-blue operetta hero; desperately in love with Josephine, his Captain’s daughter, who, alas, is far above him in rank and social class.

JOSEPHINE (Captain Corcoran’s daughter): 18-25, beautiful, romantic, passionate, brave, a true-blue operetta heroine; desperately in love with Ralph, a low-born sailor; but, alas, her father has arranged for her to marry Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the Admiralty; as a dutiful daughter and a well-bred young woman who appreciates the good things in life, she’s caught in a tug-of-war between her heart and her head.

CAPTAIN CORCORAN (Commander, H.M.S. Pinafore): 45-55, an officer with a commanding presence and a strong temper which sometimes gets the better of him; a loving father who, however reluctantly, is willing to compromise his daughter’s happiness by marrying her off to Sir Joseph Porter in order to further his own ambitions; not in any way a bad man, just a conventional one; secretly fond of Buttercup.

THE RT. HON. SIR JOSEPH PORTER, K.C.B. (First Lord of the Admiralty): 50-60, a self-made millionaire with no qualifications to be First Lord of the Admiralty except that he made a generous contribution to the Party and was entitled to a reward; a nouveau riche who hopes to move up in society by marrying Josephine; a pretty young woman with the right pedigree; he styles himself “The Monarch Of The Sea,” dangles a monocle, and always wears a gold braid and medals; in short everything about him shows that his defense of “equality” is hypocritical.

HEBE (Sir Joseph’s Cousin): 35-50, wears glasses and has the manner of a bluestocking; intelligent, and cultivated; secretly in love with Sir Joseph and resolutely determined to marry him; uses her parasol as a weapon to keep other women away from him and, from her first entrance, gives the impression of already being his wife.

AGATHA (Another Cousin): 35-50, Hebe’s confidante. (For purposes of contrast, Agatha and Hebe should be quite different in height and weight.) BOB BECKET (Sailor): 28-48, the biggest, toughest, and most pugnacious sailor in the crew.

BILL BOBSTAY (Sailor): 28-48, another big, tough sailor – Becket’s pal and drinking buddy.

9 Musicians

Piano-Vocal

Keyboard 2 (Synth)

Reed 1 (Piccolo, Clarinet, Alto Sax)

Reed 2 (Clarinet, Baritone Sax)

Trumpet

Trombone

Bass (Upright Bass, Tuba)

Drums (Drum Set, Timpani, Triangle, Skulls, Mark Tree, China Cymbal, Motor Horn)

Percussion (Piatti, Tambourine, whip, Marimba, Glockenspiel, Triangle, Vibes, Brushes, Xylophone, Ratchet, Mark Tree,Tube Bells, Suspended Cymbals, Flexatone, Snare Drum, Slapstick, WB, Cabasa)

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