The Major General
George Rose as Major General Stanley from “The Pirates of Penzance.” Marker on white copy paper.
My first exposure to Gilbert and Sullivan was the movie version of “The Pirates of Penzance,” featuring George Rose as Major General Stanley. Years after seeing that version, as well as a taped version of the Broadway show with Rose, I heard recordings of some of its songs performed by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, which had John Reed as the Major General. I actually prefer Rose’s Major General over Reed’s, as Rose’s pauses during “I Am The Very Model of A Modern Major General” seemed more genuine. “Ooh, that’s a hard one… strategy… strategy… “