New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
Albert Bergeret, Artistic Director
Starting in the early 1970s as a street theatre, with a budget of $35 for Xeroxing, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) has become America’s pre-eminent professional Gilbert & Sullivan repertory company. New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players remains dedicated to the professional performance of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and to building new audiences for this classic repertory.
In The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu, the location is a fictitious Japanese town full of colorful characters — 3 little maids fromschool, a wandering minstrel, a hilariously corrupt public official, and a Lord High Executioner who may have a list of potential victims but is too tenderhearted actually to perform his duties. Beautiful school girl Yum-Yumloves the romantic minstrel Nanki-Poo but is engaged to Ko-Ko the executioner. This romantic triangle takes the usual course of thwarted romance, until the arrival first of the fearsome Katisha, claiming Nanki-Poo as her “perjured lover,” and later of the emperor, or Mikado, himself, with his own list of punishments to fit the crime. In order to resolve the ensuing complications, Ko-Ko must use his wits to convince the most unattractive Katisha to marry him, in record time. That done, all other potentially dangerous circumstances are settled by the Mikado’s all encompassing pronouncement “nothing could possibly be more satisfactory.”