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POP's colorful take on "The Mikado" opens Aug. 16. / Image courtesy of POP

“The Mikado,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s most enduring work and one of Pacific Opera Project’s most popular productions, returns for three weekends of performances at the Highland Park Ebell Club Aug. 16 to 31.

What could possibly make this production better than POP’s sold-out run in 2013? Food and wine of course! Table seating will be available for all performances, and, of course, you can expect updated lyrics for all your G&S favorites.

POP’s colorful production updates Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operetta with costumes inspired by the district of Tokyo famous for its wild mix of colors and styles. Eye-popping colors, intricate choreography and zany antics give this beloved classic a signature POP twist, while a reworked libretto is sure to surprise even Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados with its unique take on what was originally a thinly veiled skewering of British nobility and politics. Lyrics originally written to take a jab at people who may even have been in the audience will, in the grand tradition, be revamped to poke fun at current people and issues.

The production’s cast features E. Scott Levin (Ko-Ko), Phil Meyer (Pooh-bah), Charlie Kim (Nanki-poo), Janet Todd (Yum-Yum), Matthew Welch (Mikado), Abbe Drake (Pitty-Sing), Tiffany Ho (Peep-Bo), Adelaide Sinclair (Katisha), William Vallandigham (Pish) and Benjamin Howard (Tush). The production is directed by Artistic Director Josh Shaw, and Music Director Parisa Zaeri leads the chamber orchestra. Maggie Green costumes the 28 singers.


The Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 S. Ave. 57, LA 90042



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