Gratuitous Pirate Boots blogging

Inspired by this vid linked to by Fyodor over at LP, I went searching for vids featuring Kevin Kline in the 1982 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. So here he is striking Pirate King poses while listening to “The Modern Major General”:

(same song with most of the same cast live at the Delacort Theatre)

And here’s one of the best pure-fun mash-ups I’ve seen in ages: Pirate Polka (where the Polka in question is Bohemian Polka by Weird Al Yankovich, and the Pirates are in the Caribbean)

What are your favourite pirate boot moments?



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  1. There’s really nothing quite like a little Gilbert and Sullivan (with Kevin Kline in a dashing purple bandanna!) to cheer a person up.

  2. I love how his purple thing looks like a tie on clearance from Nordstrom where it was clearly on the “who ordered this and thought it would sell?” table. (Why yes, we did used to acquire props this way when I worked in theatre.)

  3. Yes – a classic. I used that one as my post last year on International Talk Like a Pirate Day: http://cafe-grendel.blogspot.com/2008/09/friday-night-music_18.html

  4. Monkey Island. Nuff Said.. Not technically pirate boots, but pretty swashbuckly…

  5. https://www.youtube.com/embed/PXKw2fA8zqw?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent
    Monkey Island. Nuff Said.. Not technically pirate boots, but pretty swashbuckly… Mark 2.. Apologies…

  6. Have you seen “Baby Got Back” done as Gilbert & Sullivan? (Mashup using the same production as the first video in the post.)

  7. I linked to it in the first para, Jeremy. V. clever, agreed.

  8. Ah yes – the grand and glorious tradition of striking poses in the background while someone else holds the stage with a speech/recitation/dramatic gesture/song.
    Obviously, the secret is to upstage through understatement, as Kline does so well here. Just a few athletic eyebrow lifts, a dramatic pose here and there, and he’s got all our attenti0n.

  9. Some of Kline’s poses look dangerously ahem manly, don’t you think? ’tis a fine example of the “hero stance” as taught to Prince George by the actors:
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/irvbpxAXRkg?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

    which of course cannot be mentioned without also including the Macbeth scene.

  10. That G&S takes me back. Eric Idle did a brilliant job as KoKO in the 1986 English National Opera production of The Mikado where the story was transposed from feudal japan to the 1920s. His version of ‘I’ve Got A Little List’ (ie. of people to be executed) included “Or-straylians of all kinds” and made me laugh like a drain.
    Nigel Planer (Neil from the Young Ones) also has a regular sideline in straight opera, I’ve seen him in several productions of Mozart.

  11. Viders are my favourite people.
    My favourite pirate song is “You Are A Pirate” by Lazy Town, followed by “Hermoine Granger the Pirate Queen” by Tom… someone or other… Who’s a filker.

  12. For my best boots moment I narcissistically nominate my own production of Bernard Shaw’s “Man of Destiny”, which I seem to recall we advertised with the tag line: “A tale of adventure, intrigue, romance and Really Good Boots.”
    Tigtog, if I email you the photo, is there any chance you could put it up?

  13. ”I linked to it in the first para, Jeremy. V. clever, agreed.”
    Oooops. *hides in shame*

  14. Orlando, here’s your pic:

    Those are some might fine boots.

  15. Anna,
    I found the Hermione Pirate Queen filk – it’s by Tom Smith. Here.
    And here’s You Are A Pirate:
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/3AzpByR3MvI?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

  16. You can’t even see the best ones properly. They’re on the handsome chap on the left, and they went all the way up over the knee. Whee!
    I adore PoP, but this segment doesn’t do justice to the talent juggernaut that is Kline. The priates’ march (“with cat-like tread”) is the showpiece, especially the bit where he sings while jumping over his own sword.

  17. The priates’ march (”with cat-like tread”) is the showpiece, especially the bit where he sings while jumping over his own sword.

    I HAZ IT.
    http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5306097&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

  18. IZ GRATEFUL!

  19. @ Lauredhel:
    Thanks for posting that – the only versions I could find on YouTube were way too dark and blurry. That’s some marvellous pirate booting.

  20. Some things are just worth using up your band width to watch aren’t they?

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