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The Mikado

From 6 critic and 12 member reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Disappointing

About the show

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players present a new take on the classic operetta, which incorporates the backstory of its own creation into the plot. More…

The history and inspiration for writing 'The Mikado' takes center stage in this production, which combines real-life figures from Victorian London’s D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company with the operetta's fictional characters. Join Messrs. Gilbert, Sullivan, and D’Oyly Carte on a fantastic voyage to a land where the timeless libretto, beautiful music, and many classic characters await, including three little maids from school, a wandering minstrel, a hilariously corrupt public official, and a Lord High Executioner who is too tenderhearted to perform his duties. At the heart of this tale is a love triangle as a beautiful school girl is engaged to the Executioner but loves the wandering minstrel. Comic complications, naturally, ensue.


"The re-imagined production bends over backwards in its attempts to be a rollicking entertainment that anyone can enjoy…Prancing about the stage with exuberant showmanship and handling Gilbert's verbal wit with crackling dexterity, David Macaluso is the evening's energetic comic engine…As is customary with NYGASP, the singing of the soloists and ensemble members is first-rate under music director Aaron Gandy, who conducts the twenty-five piece orchestra." Full Review


"In the most important areas, the text and music, ‘The Mikado’ remains largely untouched. What the company has done is change what was offensive…No one in the cast I saw, a mix of veterans and newcomers, was less than capable, and several actors were delightful…That this production of 'The Mikado' is as successful as it is is a cheering example of doing good that also turns out well." Full Review

The New York Times

"A new production that makes a solid case that, in the midst of the wreckage of political incorrectness, the work is a comic gem worth salvaging...I found myself won over by the show’s handsome designs, sharp acting and (for the most part) impressive singing, and came to admire the adroitness with which the director, David Auxier, defused the work’s most damaging cultural land mines...What’s left is a tightly choreographed comedy of manners with coolly precise slapstick." Full Review


"NYGASP's reimagined 'Mikado' is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, the production is gloriously sung and amusingly played. On the other, the new lengthy prologue and motley costumes both seem big mistakes. The mix of English and Japanese styles may be politically correct but the stage picture looks like a wardrobe trunk has been raided and no one received the costumes they were supposed to wear. There must be a better solution than this." Full Review


"This is a delightful, first-rate production, overflowing with an amiable cast whose enthusiasm is positively contagious." Full Review

Theatre Reviews by John Clum

"I was pleasantly surprised at how good Sullivan's music is -- not great, but very good. The musical values of this production were excellent. Fine singing, good orchestra. However, all the camping and shameless mugging of the principals reminded me of why I don't like productions of Gilbert and Sullivan. This kind of awful hamminess seems to go with the territory...However, the audience was obviously full of fans of G&S and of this company and seemed to relish every moment." Full Review

Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Creative

See it if I saw the dress rehearsal - they only stopped once to adjust the stage setting. It kept my attention and was engaging throughout.

Don't see it if if you can't sit for a long time (there is an intermission for this 3 hour show).

Also I never saw the Mikado before so this interpretation might be differen... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if like Gilbert & Sullivan; want a fun, easy introduction to operetta; the cast and orchestra are excellent

Don't see it if can't bear operatic singing, want an old-school production.

Entertaining, Funny, Orchestra/singing wonderful, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you love the music and humor of Mikado. This new version due to Asian controversy is a bit confusing. Still lots of fun and well performed.

Don't see it if dislike modernized versions of Gilbert & Sullivan. The added prologue and strange combinations of costuming do not really have a purpose.

Great singing, Fluffy, Overrated, Silly, Great choreography

See it if you like musical romances that are delightfully serious about their silly plots

Don't see it if whitewashed casting bothers you or if you need to hear every word that's sung (those higher voices don't carry syllables well)

Also Explanation of "Overrated": This was my first G&S, but based on reputa... Read more Read less

Great singing, Cliched, Dated, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You must see Gilbert and Sullivan at every opportunity

Don't see it if You are not interested in a buffoonish production with an unnecessary prologue

Entertaining, Fluffy, Dated, Cliched, Great singing

See it if you are a fan of G&S; you see shows for their music rather than their plot

Don't see it if you want something original or quick-paced; you need a sensible plot in order to enjoy a production

Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You have never seen The Mikado.

Don't see it if If you like The Mikado. I LOVE THE MIKADO. However, I will never see this production again after this year.

Also There is no much to say. This was a new production dealing with compla... Read more Read less

Misconceived, Ugly costumes, Disappointing, Long, Lost lyrics

See it if Don't. Don't make it your 1st (unfaithful to origina) or your 10th (cringe-worthy). AS's music soars; WSG's great lyrics and book are lost.

Don't see it if you love The Mikado; your heart will be broken. A travesty lasting 3 hours. So much NYGSP money spent on this production w so little result.

Also I am a huge G&S fan and I like most of the NYGSP productions (Patience... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You want to hear fabulous voices in breath-taking costumes. Wonderful new version of this chestnut.

Don't see it if You don't like G&S presented in the way it was intented--current and satiric.

Clever, Delightful, Dated, Funny

See it if You like Gilbert and Sullivan

Don't see it if You don't like white people dressed as Asian.

Dated, Romantic, Slow, Cliched

See it if classic,

Don't see it if staging and costuming can over take the play - look for a good production

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You love Gilbert & Sullivan or you love classic comedy or you love comic opera

Don't see it if You don't like classical music or don't like comedy

Cast & Creatives (10)