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Gilbert and Sullivan in the 21st Century

Weekend Program with Performance

Morning Lecture/Seminar

Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1B0258
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society Gala

The unique comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan have lost none of their freshness since the curtain went up on the first of them more than 140 years ago. In some cases, their social commentaries seem even sharper today.

Popular lecturer, theatre director and performer Jack Marshall, founder of the Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society and for 20 years the artistic director of the American Century Theater, along with his longtime collaborators singer and musical director Thomas D. Fuller and composer and pianist Loren Platzman, explore the continuing influence of Gilbert’s innovations as a writer and director, and Sullivan’s musical compositions, on American culture, humor, entertainment, and politics.

They explore how Gilbert and Sullivan’s genius still adapts easily to contemporary issues and art forms, and resonates with modern audiences. They also examine, with illustrative performances and commentary, how the development of the American musical owes much to the G&S genre.