Riding the wave is“Pirates! (Or, Gilbert and Sullivan Plunder’d),” which gets the big-budget treatment from the Huntington this month. It’s a willfully silly mashup of two already silly swashbuckling yarns: Gilbert and Sullivan’s 1879 operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” and the modern-day “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise.
If you think that sounds like a dicey proposition, prepare to have your timbers shivered. In a near-flawless production from director Gordon Greenberg, “Pirates!” is the kind of pure, giddy entertainment springtime stages are made for.
Louise Kennedy in the Boston Globe:
But for anyone who wants more than sitcom-level rewrites, broad yet toothless parody, and lots of tired pirate gags, it is the very muddle of a modern messed-up musical.
"Pirates!" (if that exclamation point gives you pause, come sit right here by me - and brace yourself, because every single song title in the program has one, too) is the brainchild of Gordon Greenberg, Nell Benjamin, and John McDaniel, who have taken the perfectly fine bit of fluff known as "The Pirates of Penzance" and updated, mashed-up, sexed-up, and topicalized it within an inch of its life. Apparently an evening of silly songs and light romance just isn't complete nowadays without gyrating pelvises, pounding drums, "political" jokes that don't actually have a political point, and onstage vomiting.
Interesting side note: The Globe review has about 19 comments attached to it already.