Two is Better Than One

by Mary Donofrio Gilbert and Sullivan were quite the dynamic duo and paved the way for other composing partnerships. Here are a few other duos that made musical magic together: Rodgers and Hart Composer Richard Rodgers and Lyricist Lorenz Hart were introduced in 1919 when both were students at Columbia University. Their partnership produced 28 stage musicals and over 500 songs. From musicals like Babes … Continue reading Two is Better Than One

Gilbert and Sullivan: Trendsetters

by Sarah Durham The operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan have inspired and influenced entertainment and the arts around the world since the late 19th century, from the big-screen to the small-screen, and from page to stage. Even if you think you’ve never heard of Gilbert and Sullivan, chances are, you probably have. Here are several examples of the pair’s staying power in popular culture: The … Continue reading Gilbert and Sullivan: Trendsetters

What’s Old is New Again: Gilbert and Sullivan Unplugged

by Mary Donofrio Best known for their “Big Three”—The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and HMS Pinafore—Gilbert and Sullivan brought a whimsical approach to classical operetta in the late 19th century that is still celebrated today. Now imagine these operettas performed with a banjo. What about an accordion, mandolin, and an acoustic guitar? Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged features iconic excerpts from the composing duo performed with … Continue reading What’s Old is New Again: Gilbert and Sullivan Unplugged