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Mr. Men, Picocon, The Mikado

Here's what I saw en route to Picocon on Saturday when passing by the Science Museum....



The three-or-so hours I managed at Picocon were well-worth the time for seeing friends, less worth the time for the bits of programming I happened to catch. It failed to engage me the way it usually does. Also, the guest of honor about which I knew the least (and was thus the most interested in) as on first, in the morning, before I could be there. After a lovely dinner with makyo, coth, and co. at Chez Jules, C. and I were off to see the ENO's revival production of The Mikado.

I don't remember ever having seen the operetta performed live, although I'm certain I'd seen a movie version years ago. I'd completely forgotten quite how many very famous G&S songs are in it, and, in this production, there were very good singers to sing them. The set design was fun and effective, a large club drawing room primarily in white, with oddball extra objects in it which were sometimes merely thematic - musical instruments - and sometimes useful - such as globes which eventually proved representational in "The Sun and I". Ko-ko was brilliantly acted, and his "I've got a little list" wasn't the only song updated for modern references. The whole thing is just so wonderfully silly!

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maxineofarc
Feb. 27th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Last time I saw The Mikado, Nanki-Poo handed out CDs of his music during "A Wand'ring Minstrel I." Adorable.
owlfish
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Inspired!
4ll4n0
Feb. 28th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Wow four things I like all rolled into one day, I'm jealous. I'm a big Gilbert and Sullivan fan (and musicals in general fan), a moderate SF fan, a fan of the science museum (I need to posts my pictures from that visit I did with you) and a fan of Imperial College (by parental osmosis).

I may see Mikado in April here in Toronto, at the Light Operetta Theatre company (I saw it live at Stratford [Ontario] once). I've often thought that There is beauty in the bellow of the blast would be a good song to change to honour Bert Hall.
owlfish
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
You're right about "Beauty in the bellow of the blast"
darktouch
Feb. 28th, 2008 02:47 pm (UTC)
Is that Mr. Worry?
owlfish
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Mr. Bump.
darktouch
Feb. 28th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
I'm very racist. All blue people look alike to me.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 25th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
well done
thanks much, bro
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