Musical theater combines two of the most fun activities in the world: singing and lying. Make believe with this GrouponLive deal.
- $30 for two tickets to see Hot Mikado (up to $50 value)
- When: select dates, July 17–August 9, at 8 p.m.
- Where: DeWitt Theatre
- Seating: orchestra section
- Door time: 7:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
Nanki-Poo and Yum-Yum are in love. There's just one problem—well, more like several: Yum-Yum is engaged to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, and Nanki-Poo is the son of the stern Mikado, who has made flirtation a capital offense. Not to mention that the Mikado has already decided his son will wed the elderly Katisha. But Nanki-Poo, a wandering musician and romantic, isn't so easily dissuaded. He's so lovestruck, that he agrees to be beheaded at the end of a month, so long as he can marry his beloved Yum-Yum.
Based on Gilbert & Sullivan's 1885 comic opera, The Mikado, Hot Mikado satirizes English mores and laws against kissing in the fictional Japanese village of Titi-Pu. This iteration, written by David H. Bell and Rob Bowman 101 years after Gilbert & Sullivan's, continues The Mikado's legacy of romantic entanglements, misadventures, and upbeat songs on very dark subjects. The score references Gilbert & Sullivan's original, but with a 1940s-style infusion of jazz, swing, blues, and even gospel.
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre
Art never takes a vacation. That's the view of the creative minds at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, who have staged high-caliber shows for the past 40 years. Each summer, the company assembles a corps of more than 100 thespians and staff, deftly mixing veteran actors with fresh-faced young performers to create an electric blend of experience and enthusiasm. That mix of tradition and innovation informs the season, too—productions run the gamut from contemporary musicals to updated favorites that shine new footlights on venerable texts.