Hot Mikado is a musical comedy, based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, adapted by David H. Bell (book and lyrics) and Rob Bowman (orchestrations and arrangements). After researching the 1939 Broadway musical, The Hot Mikado, Bell and Bowman created a new adaptation, Hot Mikado.
The original production ran from March 18–July 27, 1986 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC, where Bell was artistic director. Bell directed and choreographed the production. The musical also had an early Chicago production. The show was subsequently revived several times and finally ran in London’s West End in 1995. It has enjoyed many additional productions in North America and the UK since then.
Cast & Creative
|Pooh Bah||Edz Barrett|
|Pish Tush||Hamilton Faber|
|Nanki Poo||Andy Clarke|
|Yum Yum||Lucy Anne Clement|
|Pitti Sing||Sue Astbury|
|Peep Bo||Faye Brann|
|Production Manager||Clare Henderson-Roe|
|Stage Manager||Eric Williams|
|Deputy Stage Manager||Claire Williams|
|Lighting Designer||Ed Pagett|
|Sound Design||Stuart Vaughan|
|Set Designer||Wesley Henderson Roe|
Reviews & Awards
- Winner SWAN Award Best Male Performer in a Musical – Carl Smith
- Winner SWAN Award Best Female Performer in a Musical – Robbin Pierce
Mark Aspen - Richmond & Twickenham Times
If you like your Gilbert and Sullivan cool, then try the Hot Mikado. If you like it really hot then try the BROS version: it’s explosive! Gilbert and Sullivan purists should stay away, because this is G&S with a bite: The Mikado revisited through an eclectic concoction of rock, jazz, swing, Charleston(?), blues and … er, madrigal! And the eclecticism doesn’t stop there: the Japanese speak in American accents; the wardrobe is courtesy of Pokémon via Roy Lichtenstein; oh … and the Mikado himself is an Elvis Presley impersonator.
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