The story jumps back more than a hundred years to the heyday of operetta maestros William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan and the original 1884 composition and staging of what would become one of their most famous works, The Mikado. At the time, however, Gilbert and Sullivan were anything but a sure thing, following a slump that nearly broke up the duo.
The story at first steps midway into their careers, as they weather the mediocre reception of Princess Ida and come to an impasse when, suffering a battery of ailments and an artistic depression, Sullivan (Corduner) decides that light musical theater is no longer in his future. Gilbert (Broadbent) won’t object to his friends decision and the conflict remains at a stalemate until Mrs. Gilbert (Manville) drags him out to a Japanese exposition and sparks the idea for what becomes The Mikado.
With the mix of fact and fiction in the production of one of the finest musicals ever created by the dynamic duo, this film follows in the footsteps of Shakespeare in Love.
|Producer(s):||Georgina Lowe, Simon Channing-Williams|
|Cast:||Jim Broadbent, Timothy Spall, Allan Corduner, Lesley Manville, Ron Cock|
The Aria Auction Dinner is a unique annual event that has become a highlight of Eugene’s holiday scene.
Meet the stars of HMS Pinafore and experience the thrill of hearing their astonishing voices in an intimate setting. You’ll hear great arias, Broadway highlights, and much-beloved songs.
Eugene Opera Artistic Director and Conductor Andrew Bisantz will again be our Aria Auction Dinner producer/host and pianist extraordinaire.
Note: The Aria Auction Dinner is not a traditional auction. The singers perform, and guests “bid” on how much they wish to contribute in appreciation for each performance. Nobody loses; everyone takes home glorious memories and the satisfaction of helping Eugene Opera.
Save the Date! Saturday December 15, 2018, at 5:30 pm.