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The works of Gilbert and Sullivan were widely appropriated by composers such as John Philip Sousa, who produced full arrangements of The Sorcerer (1878) and H.M.S. Pinafore (1879). They were also imitated in such productions as Reginald de Koven’s Robin Hood (1891) and John Philip Sousa’s El Capitan (1896). While Sousa remains best known for his many spirited march melodies, he is less recognized for his contributions to American musical theatre, which earned him as much public praise as his new marches. This exhibit highlights Sousa’s often overlooked contributions to early musical theatre through his arrangements of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer (1878) and H.M.S. Pinafore (1879) as well as his own Desiree (1883), El Capitan (1895) and The American Maid (1909), the first operetta to utilize motion picture film and actual glass blowers as part of its 1913 production.