Pacific Opera Project To Revive Harajuku-Inspired Production Of ‘The Mikado’

By Nicole Kuchta

Pacific Opera Project has announced that it will revive its acclaimed 2013 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Mikado.”

Josh Shaw will direct this exciting production, inspired by Tokyo’s hip Harajuku district. It will feature “eye-popping colors, intricate choreography, and zany antics,” along with Harajuku-style costumes designed by Maggie Green. Additionally, lyrics “originally written to take a jab at people who may have been in the audience” will be updated to “poke fun at current people and issues,” according to the press release.

The cast will feature E. Scott Levin as Ko-Ko, Phil Meyer as Pooh-bah, Charlie Kim as Nanki-poo, Janet Todd as Yum-Yum, Matthew Welch as Mikado, Abbe Drake as Pitty-Sing, Tiffany Ho as Peep-Bo, Adelaide Sinclair as Katisha, William Vallandigham as Pish, and Benjamin Howard as Tush. Music Director Parisa Zaeri will lead the chamber orchestra.

Performances will be held at The Highland Park Ebell Club in Los Angeles from August 16 – 31, 2019.