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Mazenod College Musical - 25th to 28th July

22 June 2012

When: July 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th
Where: Alexander Theatre,
Monash University
Time: 8pm

Based on ‘The Mikado’ by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Originally produced at Ford’s Theatre, Washington D.C. FRANKIE HEWITT, Producing Director
By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd on behalf of Joseph Weinberger Ltd London

This is an upbeat version of the renowned Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta The Mikado. It was a classic and very popular in its time, produced at the Savoy Theatre in London’s West End way back in March 1885. It was the ninth of 14 highly successful G&S musicals. It is set in ancient Japan with an emperor, a minstrel, a pompous magistrate, an executioner, an unwanted courtesan and some pretty maids.

W.S. Gilbert in his typical satirical style used this setting to mock and make fun of the ‘upper classes’ in England using sarcasm, sharp wit and rhyming riddles. Arthur Sullivan had the musical talent to write serious classical music but was able to match Gilbert’s ideas and lyrics with light, entertaining music. It is amazing that after all this time these classic musicals are still popular for amateur and school productions and that is because of the music, the comedy and the characters.
Hot Mikado is not a Broadway classic like our previous musicals. It was produced in 1986 at the Ford Theatre in Washington and ran for just over 4 months. It did make it to the West End in London in 1995 and ran for 3 months. It is similar in storyline and music to the original and retains the comic situations, the characters, the satire and the fun but the original music has been ’jazzed up’ to provide the swing and jazz rhythms more appropriate to the more modern dance styles. We hope you might come along and enjoy the fun and the enthusiasm of the students involved.

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