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Andrea Chenoweth as Pitti-Sing and Catrin Davies at Peep-Bo were wonderful maids-in-waiting for Yum-Yum. (Based on one tricky maneuver, I predict diva-dom for Ms Chenoweth, whose gown had a very long train. She displayed a most impressive 'kick' on several occasions, putting her train behind her where it belonged, rather than tangled around her feet.)

From left to right: Robert Zimmerman (Robert Devereux/Nanki-Poo), Michael Bragg (William Shakespeare/Ko-Koi) and Marian Vogel (Anne Boleyn/Yum-Yum). Photo © 2004 Steve Zorc
From left to right: Robert Zimmerman (Robert Devereux/Nanki-Poo), Michael Bragg (William Shakespeare/Ko-Koi) and Marian Vogel (Anne Boleyn/Yum-Yum). Photo © 2004 Steve Zorc

Not surprisingly, the musical hit of the production was 'Here's a how-de-do', which highlighted the bright lively voices as well as nimble foot-work of the ensemble. At one point, Yum-Yum was wheeled on stage in a mobile casket, suitable for mourning the fact that she would have to be buried alive if she married Nanki-Poo.

The somewhat spare set design (other than the fans and the shields) by Don McBride was suitably enhanced by the lighting design of Jeremy Benjamin. Kelly Yurko did the wigs and makeup. The marvelous costumes for the principals came from Broadway Costumes Inc in Chicago, while the chorus was outfitted by Magic Makers Costumes Inc of Huntington W Va.

Michael Bragg as William Shakespeare/Ko-Ko. Photo © 2004 Steve Zorc
Michael Bragg as William Shakespeare/Ko-Ko. Photo © 2004 Steve Zorc

To be sure, books and movies frequently move stories from one time frame to another; perhaps it was seeing it happen in front of your eyes that made this attempt not quite as successful as anticipated. Nevertheless, the full house enjoyed the performance, giving the cast a standing ovation.

Copyright © 11 July 2004 Kelly Ferjutz, Cleveland USA

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There are two more opportunities to see and hear the Lyric Opera Cleveland production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado: 11 July 2004 at 2pm and 15 July at 7pm. Next up for Lyric Opera Cleveland is Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, with four performances: 28, 29 & 31 July 2004 at 7pm and 1 August at 2pm.

For information or tickets, call the Cleveland Play House ticket office at +1 (216) 795 7000, or Lyric Opera Cleveland at +1 (216) 685 5976. The company's web-site is: www.lyricoperacleveland.org

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