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The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan

by Arthur Seymour Sullivan, William Schwenk Gilbert

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Simply a more compact inexpensive version of the complete text of the operettas. I bought it when I was not living at home with access to my parents' Modern Library edition which I have since inherited ( )
  antiquary | Oct 17, 2013 |
This was my father's copy I got my own paperback later) and one of my favorite books as a teenager. I memorized chunks of it (though not complete songs) and recited them in music class, I did part of the dialog from Ruddigore as a humorous declamation in speech contests, etc. My brother used a play game by opening the book randomly and reading a few lines and I would tell which opera they were from. Looking at the plays now I can see some are dated for what would not be racist, sexist, or class humor, but a lot is still funny at least to me, with very ingenious wordplays. ( )
  antiquary | Oct 15, 2013 |
borrowed from Anisha
  MightyLeaf | May 25, 2010 |
I started getting into Gilbert & Sullivan operettas after viewing The Pirates of Penzance movie on TV. OMG. Funniest musical. I bought the soundtrack and then viewed Topsy-Turvy (a retelling of how G&S got to creating The Mikado). I bought that album as well. I have since bought another three G&S operettas (the recorded albums) but I found some of the singing made it difficult to understand the lyrics. Lyrics, of course, help you understand the gist of the play/musical/whatever. So I bought this book which has the collected works of G&S printed clearly. You can watch the play and follow right along. You can listen to the album and follow right along. YAY!! I now know the lyrics to these operettas and enjoy singing them out loud in my car in traffic. (I get a lot of funny looks.) ( )
  munchkin62 | Aug 18, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393316882, Paperback)

From Thespis to The Grand Duke, here are all the words to all the operettas on which William Schenk Gilbert and Arthur Seymour Sullivan collaborated. A fixture in Anglo-American music theater and humor for well over a century, their wit retains its edge after all these years. Norton offers the libretti available in handy, totable book form and generously illustrates them with Gilbert's accomplished pen-and-ink drawings.

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William Gilbert's verses for Arthur Sullivan's music are the most fastidiously turned and inventively rhymed in all lyric comedy. From "Trial by Jury" to "The Pirates of Penzance", here are the librettos on which modern performances and recordings are based. Includes biographical sketches of Gilbert and Sullivan and the amusing pictures drawn by Gilbert to illustrate the music.… (more)

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