Jolly Roger by Walter Leigh

Below is a “shameless plug” for an upcoming concert.   🙂 I portray the deliciously wicked Governor of Jamaica (pants role):

Rarely-performed and nearly unknown in the U.S.,
JOLLY ROGER arrives aboard the Liberty Ship USS JOHN W. BROWN, just in time for the Fell’s Point Privateer Festival in 2018.

No tickets required.
Admission to the performance is a suggested donation $15. Donations of other amounts are also acceptable to tour the ship with or without seeing JOLLY ROGER.

This delightful and strange English operetta from 1933 offers Pirates, a ruthless Governor of Jamaica, zany misadventures, and multiple romances that must prevail over terrible adversities! Not to mention some terrific music!

The music is somewhat reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan from a generation earlier, but composer Walter Leigh adds some unique touches all his own, blending them with the greatest craftsmanship.
Sadly, we have few examples of Leigh’s fine music, as he was killed serving in a tank regiment at Tobruk in 1942, nine years after the debut of Jolly Roger and the same year that USS JOHN W. BROWN was launched.

Celebrate Leigh’s musical spirit in a story by Clinton-Baddeley and Scobie Mackenzie, on board a real WWII vessel docked at the foot of Broadway Pier.
Katherine Boyce
Diana Cantrelle
Kevin Crysler
Bart Debicki
Steven Lampredi
Janina O’Brien
Nathan Zebrowski

New Old Theater is undertaking this concert production as a promotion and benefit for Project Liberty Ship. All donations raised at the performance go directly to help preserve the ship. New Old Theater is fundraising separately so the artistes will receive a stipend. Please donate now to New Old Theater to sponsor those stipends. Donate here-


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