In 1879 an English operetta came to the U.S. and created quite a craze. It was written by Gilbert and Sullivan and it influenced American composers and musical theatre for the next 20 to 30 years. What was the name of that operetta?
You may have thought The Pirates of Penzance. But that’s not the answer. It was H.M.S. Pinafore, which was written and produced a few years earlier than Pirates. Pinafore was hugely popular in the U.S. with up to 10 different companies performing the show at the same time in NYC and dozens of tours crossing the U.S. at any given moment.