Hot Mikado


Show Credits: Book and Lyrics Adapted by David H. Bell
Music Adapted and Arranged by Rob Bowman


The most well know musical duo's score and concept is delivered brilliantly and uniquely in HOT MIKADO. Gilbert and Sullivan would delight in this charming adaptation of their Mikado.

In a land where outlandish laws sentence people to death for almost any indiscretion, jazz, and the blues, and gospel are spoken fluently. HOT MIKADO weaves a tale of hilarious proportions and despite the life or death stakes, characters still find time to tap their toes and do their fair share of scatting. Find out what happens when the clean lines and color of Japanese design combine with the big band sights and sounds of popular American song and dance!

An indescribably wonderful opportunity for a culturally diverse organization, the musical is rich with intricate vocal lines that are ideal for a skilled group of vocalists. Because of its singular juxtaposition of Japanese culture with 1940s style, this show can prove just as yummy for visionary scenic designers and directors alike.

Insight from the experts Staging Tip: This musical was constructed to use two different visual worlds - the clean lines and colour of Japanese design with the style and silhoutte of American fashion in the 1940's.

The set employs Japanese architecture executed in the textures of "The Cotton Club" (neon, brass mahogany) - while the costumes reflect the style of America in the 1940's (zoot suits, snoods, wedgies and felt hats), they are executed in the colorful silk kimono textures of Japan.

The casting is intended to be inter-racial, with the MIKADO, KATISHA and POOH-BAH specifically singing in African-America musical styles. Although the score uses the 1940's popular musical harmonies and arrangements as a point of departure, it is intended to embrace a wide range of styles including gospel, blues, rock and swing. The dance, too, uses the Lindy Hop and other 1940's dances as a point of departure, but the dancing should maximize the abilities of the performers.

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