• Daisy

    Hold on a moment! Every one of my postings have been censored. What did I say that was so very wrong? I only spoke the truth

    • Nothing was censored. This comment section is moderated and we sometimes fall behind. Sorry about that!

      • Daisy

        Can you put my writings back, please? You guys need to be a little more careful.

        • There are 6 comments by you in the dialogue above (not counting the above request). If there were other comments from you, we haven’t seem them.

          • Daisy

            That’s very strange.There was nothing earth-shattering about them, but this is now very puzzling. I’ve also forgotten what thvey were about.

  • Frank DiBona

    As an Italian American should I not be offended by the cultural appropriation of Italy and Italian culture? “We are gentlemen of Milan” sounds so much to me like, “We are gentlemen of Japan”.I have seen the Mikado many times and never thought it was making fun of Japan or Japanese people. Rather it is a satire on British culture, politics, and people. What about college productions of The Mikado. Should the college permit its music/theater students to play the parts or should they import Japanese actors? What if the college wants to produce Hamlet. Should they reject a black or Japanese student for the role of Hamlet? What if a Japanese theater produces Hamlet. Can they use Japanese actors to play the King of Denmark? I’ve seen black actors in Shakespeare productions and they were very convincing. Should this be forbidden? I think The Mikado is a wonderful operetta and should be more widely seen, whether the actors are white, black, Asian, Arabic or another race or culture.

    • Daisy

      This whole argument is so silly and short-sited that I am certain Gilbert &Sullivan must be turning in their graves. What about generations of brilliant interpreters like Sidney Granville, Henry Lytton, Martyn Green, Peter Pratt, John Reed, and Donald Adams, among others, who gave faces and voices to these wonderful characters, who mercifully passed on before the current gang of PC bullies could come along to ruin the spirit of the opera and its wonderful characters. Oh, a few will come to see it at first, but it will not hold up over the long haul. I pity the G&S companies who have bowed down under pressure, and ruined one of the most charming creations of the stage. You will be sorry.

    • Daisy

      Gentlemen of Milan? Gimme a break!

  • Sam

    The interesting result of setting The Mikado outside of Japan is that the producing company has no incentive to make efforts to cast Asians at all. If Ferocious Lotus had helped them with a production set in the original fantasy-Japan, they would have used more Asian-American actors. We have seen recent protests against The Mikado in Seattle, New York and San Francisco. This raises the question as to why the Asian-American community is not protesting the yellowface productions of Turandot and Madame Butterfly. Why does grand opera get a free pass to stage yellowface productions?

    • Actually, the Google search that led me here also showed me that the same perpetually offended groups are already heating the cauldrons for Turandot and Madama Butterfly. Grand opera won’t be left in peace for long.

      • Daisy

        That figures. So I guess they’ll have to burn Pavoratti in effigy.

    • Daisy

      First of all, everything Sam says here is mostly correct, but it is all still a pointless argument. I can recall seeing a lovely Madama Butterfly with a Korean lady singing the title role. Turandot is another jewel that should have an all-Asian cast, but rarely does. But would you be the one to have asked Pavoratti not to sing his iconic hit song because he was Italian, not Chinese? I didn’t think so.

  • Chris Whitehead

    This is a most interesting report and worthy of deep consideration. My question though is this. Are we now at the stage where it is unacceptable to maintain, for the sake of history, examples of how stage works were first performed? Mike Leigh’s film “Topsy Turvy” sought to do this I believe in the excerpts of Mikado included in that film.

    • A good question. Sadly, I think the answer is Yes. Even the supposedly well-educated seem to dislike having to immerse themselves seriously in the culture and attitudes of another time — even when, and maybe especially when, the past culture was an ancestor of their own.

      • Daisy

        The difficulty seems to be a number of young Asians who do not really care to understand The Mikado, they only choose to be offended. First of all, The Mikado is a Victorian era Britcom. We’ve all seen Britcoms, we know what they are like. They sometimes dress in modern clothes, but they also wear period costumes, exotic costumes, even alien costumes. The actors are straight-faced comedians, and most of the characters they play are not particularly likable. So the idiotic problems they make for themselves get more laughs than they deserve. A lot of Gilbert & Sullivan is just like that, including The Mikado. The Lord High Executioner is by all counts the best loved character in the whole G&S Canon. What can possibly be lovable about a Lord High Executioner? Watch the play sometimes, and see for yourself. The rest of the character are a smarmy bunch as well, but they somehow get away with it, and they have their likable sides, too.

  • Alan Potter

    I take it that only genuine Italians were allowed to take part?

    • Mike Schilling

      I asked Chico and he said “That’s-a right”.

      • Daisy

        Hahahahahaha…!!! X^D
        And Chico was actually Jewish.

    • Daisy

      Not in Butterfly or Turandot.