Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado

Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado

by Groucho Marx
     
 

Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado has delighted audiences for over a century and is easily more accessible to novice listeners than the considerably more heavyweight works by the masters of the art form. During the 1950s, someone at NBC-TV had the idea to adapt the piece in edited form for the Bell Telephone Hour, with comic Groucho Marx asSee more details below

Overview

Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera The Mikado has delighted audiences for over a century and is easily more accessible to novice listeners than the considerably more heavyweight works by the masters of the art form. During the 1950s, someone at NBC-TV had the idea to adapt the piece in edited form for the Bell Telephone Hour, with comic Groucho Marx as Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, the remainder of the cast features legitimate opera singers. Donald Voorhees conducts the Bell Telephone Orchestra with the Norman Luboff Choir providing the backing chorus. While one might expect Marx to make a leering Ko-Ko, he is actually quite tame and plays the comic role without excess, and without much vocal range. Unfortunately, Martyn Green's condensed version of The Mikado (reduced from its normal two hours to around 50 minutes) loses a lot in the process, and this version ends up excessively talky. This long-unavailable LP may be a historical curiosity that will attract the attention of fans of Groucho Marx, but Gilbert & Sullivan fans will likely seek the real deal instead of this pretender.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471910629
catalogNumber:
19106
Rank:
108347

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Groucho Marx   Primary Artist,Vocals,Dialogue
Helen Traubel   Vocals
Stanley Holloway   Vocals
Dennis King   Vocals
Buster Davis   Conductor
Robert Rounseville   Vocals
Dennis King   Vocals
Dennis King   Vocals
Norman Luboff Choir   Choir, Chorus
Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Arthur Sullivan   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Reissue Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Martin Green   Producer,Liner Notes,Adaptation
Goddard Lieberson   Original Album Producer
Alan Silverman   Mastering
William Schwenk Gilbert   Lyricist
Donald Voorhees   Musical Director,Music Direction
Buster Davis   Vocal Arrangements
Barry Wood   Executive Producer
Martyn Green   Liner Notes
Elizabeth Yoon   Art Direction

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