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Gilbert & Sullivan: 'The Mikado' / Groucho Marx, Helen Traubel, Stanley Holloway, Dennis King, Barbara Meister et al. (1960 telecast + interviews, bonus features) [DVD]

Album Summary

>Sullivan, Arthur : Mikado
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Notes & Reviews:

For the legendary comic actor Groucho Marx, playing the role of Ko-Ko in The Mikado "fulfilled a lifelong ambition." The Mikado was Groucho's favorite among the works of his beloved Gilbert and Sullivan, and the 1960 Bell Telephone Hour production was adapted for television and directed by Martyn Green, a man Groucho revered as an authority on interpreting the role of Ko-Ko. The strong supporting cast features distinguished veterans like Helen Traubel, Stanley Holloway, Robert Rounseville, and Dennis King, as well as young artists like the lovely soprano Barbara Meister as Yum-Yum and Groucho's 13-year-old daughter, Melinda, as Peep-Bo. Special features [46 minutes] include audio interviews with Dick Cavett, Melinda Marx, and Barbara Meister; Martyn Green in excerpts from H.M.S. Pinafore (Bell Telephone Hour, 1963, in color), cast bios, the commercials from the original telecast, and more!


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>Sullivan, Arthur : Mikado
  • Performers: Helen Traubel; Stanley Holloway; Robert Rounseville; Dennis King
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884-1885
  • Studio/Live: Live