Ride a wave of music and laughter as romantic sailors, sisters, cousins, and aunts sing and dance their way across the deck of the fanciful British naval vessel with the improbable name. The very proper Captain Corcoran and ridiculously pompous Sir Joseph Porter preside, the villainous Dick Deadeye speaks the truth, and Little Buttercup reveals the outrageous mistake that allows true love to overcome the problems of class distinction. Memorable signature tunes abound on board ship and the riotous "Bell Trio" sparks a celebration in Act II.
H.M.S. Pinafore author Gilbert's characters are sharply drawn, from the romantic hero Ralph Rackstraw and the pompous Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B., to the villainous Dick Deadeye. Composer Sullivan provides indelible musical introductions: "I'm called Little Buttercup," "I am the Captain of the Pinafore," "I am the Monarch of the Sea"--songs which are among the most famous in the English language. The choruses also have their share of unforgettable numbers including the sailors' "We Sail the Ocean Blue," the ladies' "And We Are His Sisters, and His Cousins, and His Aunts," and the rousing full ensemble anthem "For He Is an Englishman."