BYU School of Music offers up Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic ‘The Mikado’
Musical theater • Timeless tale of youth in love, in two neat acts, captures Britain’s fascination with Japanese culture.
Published: May 31, 2012 08:18AM
Updated: May 31, 2012 08:18AM
Courtesy of Brigham Young University The Brigham Young University School of Music offers up Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" June 6-9 in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Before they were called musicals, they were first called operettas. At least, when we’re going as far back as Gilbert & Sullivan’s 1885 work, “The Mikado.” Just call it a two-act operetta, or call it whatever you please.

The first issue to keep in mind is that, despite its authentic title, the work has nothing to do with authentic Japanese culture. Instead, it captures the British mind-set toward foreign and exotic cultures. That makes the production far more British than Japanese, so the costumes are window-dressing in the truest sense. It also captures more or less perfectly the story of a young man, Nanki-Poo, who disregards his father’s advice to find his own true love, found in a young woman named Yum-Yum, away from the boredom of a royal court.

Brigham Young University School of Music’s production, directed by Utah Valley University voice faculty member Isaac Hurtado, stars Joseph Olson as Nanki-Poo.


‘The Mikado’

When • June 6-9, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Brigham Young University de Jong Concert Hall, Campus Drive and 1200 North, Provo

Tickets • $6-$10. Call 801-422-4322 or visit for more information.