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New York 2015-16 Season

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  1. THE MIKADO

    No Flirting This Holiday Season

    Don’t miss NYGASP’s all-new production of The Mikado: Re- Imagined,  featuring original costume design by Quinto Ott, set design by Anshuman Bhatia, and direction by David Auxier.  The history and inspiration for the writing of The Mikado is center stage as we combine the real life characters of Victorian London’s D’Oyly Carte Opera Company with the imagined setting of Titipu, influenced by the art and architecture of Japan that had recently reached England in the late 19th century.  At the outset, you’ll meet Messrs. Gilbert, Sullivan, and D’Oyly Carte themselves,  and join them on a fantastic voyage to a land where the timeless libretto, beautiful music, and all of your favorite characters await! There are the three little maids from school, a wandering minstrel, a hilariously corrupt public official, and a Lord High Executioner who may have a list of potential victims but is too tenderhearted to actually perform his duties. At the heart of this tale is a love story: a beautiful school girl loves the romantic wandering minstrel, but she is engaged to the executioner. This romantic triangle takes the usual course of thwarted romance, until the arrivals of the fearsome fiancé claiming the minstrel as her "perjured lover," and later of the Mikado, the emperor himself - with his own list of punishments especially tailored to fit every crime. In order to resolve the ensuing complications, the inept executioner must use his wits to convince the minstrel's most unappealing fiancé to marry him instead - in record time.

    Performances

    *Family Overture - Musical introduction and plot summary made entertaining for the entire family (1 hour and 15 minutes before curtain in theatre)

    The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

    68th Street Between Park and Lexington Avenues


  2. PATIENCE

    Patience is a virtue. And a milkmaid.

    Fads come and go, and aesthetic poetry is all the rage in town these days, especially among the maidens who have all become groupies of the self-styled poet Reginald Bunthorne - to the dismay of their macho military boyfriends. All but Patience, the virtuous village milkmaid who claims to have never loved anyone. She doesn’t care for poetry much either, and, as it turns out, neither does Bunthorne! And while Bunthorne is infatuated with Patience, she falls for her childhood crush Archibald Grosvenor, another famous aesthete who attracts women even faster than Bunthorne. The rigid military men attempt to win back their ladies by comically attempting to be willowy poets, but, when exasperated Bunthorne challenges Grosvenor to give up the current aesthetic craze, he does so willingly - and everything backfires. Being common becomes the new celebrity, and all the ladies choose their old sweethearts, including Patience - proving after all, that every generation has its own temporary insanity!

    Performances

    *Family Overture - Musical introduction and plot summary made entertaining for the entire family (1 hour and 15 minutes before curtain in theatre)

    The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College

    68th Street Between Park and Lexington Avenues


Past Performances

  1. COX AND BOX & TRIAL BY JURY

    A Comedy of Crimes
    (with mischievous piano accomplicement)
    Cox and Box

    What a Rataplan! (it might be considered criminal)
    Shyster military man, Sergeant Bouncer, rents the same room to Mr. Box by day and Mr. Cox by night – until one of them gets unexpected time off and the two lodgers unwittingly cross paths. Imagine the farcical outcome as the unscrupulous landlord tries to avoid the inevitable conflict by engaging both of his tenants in his “Rataplan, rataplan, I’m a military man” theme song. Only discovering that they share the same former fiancé and that they are long lost brothers could make the camaraderie and musical merriment more ridiculous. What a plan indeed!

    Trial by Jury

    Join the Jury! (no time commitment required)
    The audience is invited to join the jury as a quintet of “Wand’ring Minstrels” impersonate a lecherous judge, a gold digging plaintiff, a self professed cad of a defendant, a dim witted bailiff, and a sleazy female lawyer - turning the courtroom proceedings upside down with self serving arguments and musical mayhem - the perfect remedy for long, drawn out trials on TV, not to mention political campaigns!

    Act Three

    Judgement Time! (feel free to deliberate on your own)
    The NYGASP signature tour-de-force – impromptu renditions of audience requests from the Gilbert & Sullivan repertory by the casts and Artistic Director Albert Bergeret. Sentencing for inadequate responses to be determined!

    Performances
    Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre at The West Side YMCA

    10 West 64th Street, New York, NY 10023


  2. PRINCESS IDA

    It’s a Battle of the Sexes!

    Welcome to Castle Adamant, where women are fabulous, men are forbidden, and comic conspiracies reign supreme. As a baby, Princess Ida was betrothed to Prince Hilarion—but the honeymoon was over before it ever started. Now all grown up, the Princess has sworn off men, opening an all-women college at the Castle in order to prove the superiority of her sex. But no moat can keep the Prince and his men from breeching these walls. It could be love. It could be war. It’s definitely a castle-crashing, cross-dressing, toe-tapping laugh riot.

    Performances


  1. THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

    Set sail with this classic comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history. On the coast of Cornwall, a band of tenderhearted pirates celebrates the coming of age of Frederic, who was mistakenly apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. Now, Frederic has vowed to devote his life to the extermination of piracy - until a ludicrous leap year snag threatens to keep him apprenticed to the pirates for life! Throw in a bevy of beauties, a brash Pirate King, the delightfully stuffy Major-General Stanley and you've got what The New York Times calls "an endearing production with high musical standards and spirited performances.

    Performances


  2. IOLANTHE

    Don’t Mess With This Fairy!

    When mixing it up with mere mortal politicians, lighter spirits can pay a heavy price. Just ask the fairy Iolanthe, banished 25 years ago for marrying a Peer of the Parliament. But now the Fairy Queen has granted her a full pardon, and Iolanthe’s back in town, along with her son Strephon. He’s half fairy, half mortal, and totally in love—as is the Lord Chancellor and every other Peer…with the very same girl! It’s certainly not politics as usual, as the affairs of state in fairyland take center stage, the tasty tunes take wing and hilarity takes the day.

    Performances


  3. The Gondoliers or, the King of Barataria

    Are you seeing double? You will during The Gondoliers, as two different groups with two different storylines collide in one boisterous and joyous show. Spanning both stories is the marvelously menacing Grand Inquisitor, Don Alhambra del Bolero, who stole the infant son of the King of Barataria and cast him off to Venice, but only after the young future monarch was secretly wed to a nobleman’s daughter. Now, the unwitting heir to the throne and his “brother” are gondoliers seeking mates when the impoverished nobleman brings his daughter to Venice in search of her infant groom. Since nobody can tell which gondolier is the true heir to the throne, Don Alhambra arranges for them to leave their newlywed brides and reign jointly until the proper monarch can be identified. After much confusion, lots of exuberant dancing, and jolly Italianate musical ensembles, the stage is set for leaving all concerned, including the audience, with feelings of pleasure!

    Performances


  4. H.M.S Pinafore or, the Lass that Loved a Sailor

    This early satirical sendup helped Gilbert and Sullivan chart a new course for modern musical theatre. Lowly sailor Ralph Rackstraw has a problem. Or rather, two. He’s fallen for the Captain’s daughter, Josephine, and to make matters worse, she’s been promised to the haughty Sir Joseph Porter. And although Josephine’s heart beats only for Ralph, she agrees to be a dutiful daughter and accept her role as Sir Joseph’s wife. Normally Sir Joseph would boast his appreciation of equality among men, but when Ralph and Josephine eventually try to elope, he flip flops his position. Speaking of flipping and flopping… Little Buttercup, the bumbling former “baby farmer” admits her mistake from many years before – that Ralph was really born to the Captain’s parents, and vice versa. In the end, much rejoicing begins, as everyone finally finds true love. Even Little Buttercup!

    Past Performances


  5. Ruddigore or, the Witch's Curse

    Thanks to an ancestor who loved torturing witches, the Baronet of Ruddigore is cursed – if he doesn’t commit a crime every day, his life will end in agony, and the curse will be handed down to the next in line. No wonder he doesn’t stick around to follow through with his destiny. In fact, the Baronet poses as Robin Oakapple instead, leaving the title and the curse with his younger brother. But when the ghosts of Baronets past reveal themselves in the Ruddigore Castle picture gallery (what is this, Hogwarts?), he’s forced out of hiding and back into the role of daily criminal. To stall his ancestors as long as he can, the Baronet comes up with silly excuses and non-criminal acts like “forging” his own will. But destiny and curses aren’t the most flexible of things, so the clever Baronet must figure out a way to make everyone happy in the end, especially himself. Don’t miss this G&S gem - it’s the most fun you’ll have around Halloween without wearing a costume! Of course, please feel free…

    Past Performances


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