Il Mikado


Stage Director: Kevin Miller
Music Director: Eric Kramer
Chorus Master: James Cooper

“Il Mikado” or “The New Mikado” was developed by the Lamplighters Music Theater of San Francisco to show that Gilbert and Sullivan’s  most popular opera is not really about Japan at all, but about villagers engaged in love, graft and petty politics, like the rest of us.

The music is entirely unchanged and the main text changes are “Japan” to “Milan” and the character names. All of Gilbert’s delightful dialog is unchanged.

This version gives Troupers a chance to use beautiful Renaissance costumes. You’ll love it!

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Cast of Characters

Il Ducato (The Mikado) Bass Emperor of Milan
Niccolù  (Nanki-Poo) Tenor His son, in love with Amiam
Coco (Koko) Comic baritone Lord High Executioner of Milan
Poobà (Pooh-Bah) Bass/baritone Lord High Everything Else
Piccia Tuccia (Pish-Tush) Baritone A noble lord
Amiam (Yum-Yum) Soprano In love with Niccolu
Pizzi (Pitti-Sing) Mezzo Sister of Amiam
Pippa (Peep-Bo) Soprano Sister of Amiam
Catiscià (Katisha) Contralto An elderly lady in love with Niccolu

Chorus of School-girls, Nobles, Guards