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Gilbert & Sullivan: Mikado, The

Gidon Saks , Henry Ingram    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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A video of a 1982 performance at Canada's Stratford Festival (live, though with some singing dubbed), this is very much a theatrical experience, with the buoyancy of a show played before an audience. The cast and spectators take obvious pleasure in each other, and in classic Gilbert and Sullivan tradition, several numbers are encored. Subtlety is not this production's strong point, but you don't look to G&S for subtlety. As Ko-Ko, Eric Donkin doesn't exactly create a character. His performance is that of a vaudeville clown--he even wears a Japanese version of baggy pants. But his straight-to-the-audience delivery is irresistible. Gidon Saks plays the title role in Japanese-theater style, drawing out his syllables, rising to a scream at the end of a sentence. Though these mannerisms are a bit much, his demented tyrant of a Mikado is gripping and even spooky.

The production is not lavish, with a single, unadorned set and fairly basic staging. But there are some brilliant effects such as the entrance of the Mikado, enclosed in a litter, which his carriers open to reveal him standing magnificently in a miniature interior. Many of the comic lines have been updated, and with impressive wit. It's too bad that their topicality results in a lot of 1980s Canadian references, which will leave 21st-century non-Canadians feeling left out. Still, this is a highly satisfying interpretation of a classic. --David Olivenbaum

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Executed Aug. 9 2004
My seven year old daughter has watched this DVD about twenty five times, so the performance is etched in my brain.
It consists of fine, athletic acting and good singing, with fairly minimal sets. The orchestration has been tarted up, as some have noted, but it's not too bad. Richard MacMillan's entertaining Pooh-Bah sticks in the mind particularly, as does Gidon Saks' maniacal Mikado.
There are a few Canadian references which are fast becoming too topical even for natives of the North: wage and price controls ("six and five"), former Prime Minister Mulroney's pretty wife Mila (left off the little list), and even a brief digital salute to Pierre Trudeau from the irrepressible Pooh-Bah.
The CBC's production values are less than stunning. You get mediocre sound, no libretto, and the same tourist promotion video that is seen on other DVD's in the Stratford set. However, the wit and polish of the performance make up for any deficiencies.
Overall, a very worthwhile buy for anyone except a real sourpuss, and enjoyable even after the twenty fifth viewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stratford gives a fun-filled and energetic MIKADO June 30 2003
While some Gilbert & Sullivan devotees may quibble with this Canadian version of their masterpiece, THE MIKADO, there's no denying this version's infectious energy and fun. This production by the Stratford Festival is awash with high-jinks antics, solid acting and a boldness rarely seen since the Kevin Kline/Linda Ronstadt version of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE. Director Brian Macdonald directs this production with a sure hand and a fine sense of humor. Eric Donkin makes for a solid and delightfully uptight Ko-Ko, while the tall and very lanky Richard McMillan steals the show as the self important Pooh-Bah. Marie Baron's Yum-Yum is a pure delight, and Karen Wood is a delightful Pitti-Sing. Gidon Saks makes for a rather hammy, but delightfully fierce, Mikado. Henry Ingram seems a little old for the youthful Nanki-Poo, but he definitely gets into the spirit of this wonderfully broad production. Some fans may not appreciate the "modern" Canadian references nor the very slight liberties in the score, but this is probably the one production that doesn't treat the immortal work like a museum piece. This is definitely the best version on DVD to date and one that I would definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rendition! Small flaws Oct. 14 2002
The video/DVD is of a staged Canadian production, filmed from the proscenium-audience point of view with some close-ups, in full costume and makeup appropriate to the G&S script and score. The score is very well sung although the songs are dubbed, you have to pay special attention to notice this. The lip-sync is very, very good and since they don't have to worry about singing perfectly "live" with the camera, they can do more acting while mouthing their parts, and it all works very well. Some wonderfully stylized performances make it fun, expecially from Pooh Bah who is the tallest actor I've ever seen in a G&S opera! Folks who are addicted to perfect-score singing will notice some deviations (not bad ones, just different) but overall its well-done and includes encores that are usually performed of the most popular numbers at high speed for an appreciative audience. I recommend this version to Mikado-lovers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Stratford Production! March 5 2004
By Student
I have never seen the Mikado performed before and after seeing this version any other would be disapointing. I enjoyed all the principal players, especially Richard McMillan ,Eric Donkin, Henry Ingram and Allan Stewart-Coates. Pooh-Bah was hilarious and Marie Baron's singing was excellent. I share it with my friends and watch it many, many times. I loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING Dec 25 2003
This is a wonderful Mikado from all counts. This production was a great success and it's easy to see why.The only drawback is the "Little List" Canadian update but this is minor. Everyone shines, especially Katisha and Pooh-Bah. What a wonderful way to kill two hours amd what a happy feeling when it is finished.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you're having trouble understanding farce... Oct. 16 2002
Get this one! I'm currently involved in a Mikado production and bought it to get some idea of what it was all about. As there aren't many choices out there, I settled for this one.What a scream! Pooh-Bah, Ko-Ko and the Mikado were wonderful (with Pooh-Bah definitely a scene stealer). The ladies were terrific as well (though Pitti-Sing looks much like Betty Boop..) I'd seen Eric Tonkin (Nanki-Poo) in a video of The Magic Flute years ago, and hated him, but he's great here. The partial dubbing was a bit distracting. And, in contrary to a earlier ... reviewer, the list song IS here, though updated for the 90's with a Canadian twist. My daughters (American and 13 & 15) got all the jokes, even the separatist...
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4.0 out of 5 stars As you like it ! June 4 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Not for the critical puritan! But for the rest of us this is a brilliant performance.
The stage sets are simple yet effective and do not detract from the performers. The scene changes are done with acrobatic sublety and humour.
This is a performance where all the cast are enjoying what they are doing and it shows. Gideon Saks as the Mikado is exceptional and special praise must go to Richard McMillan ( Pooh Bah ) for an inspired and captivating performance ( I think he actually steals the show ).
This is a video that can be viewed time and time again. You will see something new each time. Two thumbs up on this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful production
Fantastic production. Only reason for not giving it five stars is the lack of subtitles. Showed this to a group of senior friends and everyone enjoyed it, but most could not make... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
had to have it since I was Nanki Poo in my high school production an years ago
Published 2 months ago by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Canadian entertainment
This is a fun Canadian version of the Mikado.
Several "in" Canadian jokes.
Eg. "The Smoking Separatist"
The is escapism entertainment at it best.
Published 6 months ago by NJ
5.0 out of 5 stars a most glorious production....
A true visual treat for all musical theatre audiences.. and a must for G&S fans....
the wit and irreverance originally scripted by Gilbert and Sullivan, is brought to life... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mike Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing piece of Canadian theatrical history!
This is an absolutely fantastic musical! I was lucky enough to see The Mikado with this cast on stage in Stratford, Ontario back in 1982 and it has richly informed many aspects of... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Matthew G A Higgins
4.0 out of 5 stars Good performance
Recording was originally on VHS which limits the quality. Some songs are dubbed. (which makes the sound quality better than they would have otherwise been). Read more
Published on Sept. 2 2012 by hopetindall
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of plastic.
I plan to sell my copy of the DVD to a used record dealer, because I don't have the heart ever to look at it again. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Roger Mastrude
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugly people doing G&S on double-speed
I don't know if they were pressed for time or what, but every number is done at breakneck speed. Gilbert's great libretto and lyrics are all but lost in the auctioneer-style... Read more
Published on May 14 2003 by docweasel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Production
This "Mikado" is a delight. I have seen several DVD versions of this show. This production from the Stratford Festival is by far the best. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2002
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