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Hilarious 1940's style Musical
Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


There's no luckier time for Chatswood Musical Society to transport audiences to Japan than on its 66th birthday for fast-paced jazz comedy Hot Mikado, which opened on 22 September. This super hot fast-paced musical runs until 1 October and is well worth seeing.

Cultures explode in a creative crazy musical comedy in Rob Bowman (music) and David H. Bell's (lyrics) hilarious and "hot" updating of Gilbert and Sullivan classic, The Mikado. Featuring popular musical tunes such as "Three Little Maids" in fully-fledged Andrews Sisters-style and big band song and dance numbers.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


Hot Mikado promised to be a night of fun for the whole family and believe me it was. This musical comedy tells a story of young Nanki Poo, (Blake Lovely) played by the Mikado's (Tisha Kelemen) son, and his quest to marry his beloved Yum Yum (Nina Marsh), who is already betrothed to her older guardian Ko Ko (David Verdejo).

What unfolds is a comical musical with laughs galore and lots fast-paced choreography with beautifully executed vocals from all the cast.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society
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Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society
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The first act burst out on stage in a blaze of colour, song and dance. If you love the tunes from the 1940s, then you will have your toes tapping instantly with the symphonious scene of superbly suited up men and lovely ladies singing and dancing about their lives in Titipu, Japan.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society
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Nanki Poo, young, handsome and oblivious to the effect he has on women, holds the limelight as he announces his love for Yum Yum. He soon discovers a problem as she is already set to marry her older guardian Ko Ko.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


Nanki Poo then discovers that Ko Ko has been condemned to death for flirting, so now he is even more determined to marry his Yum Yum.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society
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Due to a twist of fate, Nanki-Poo is informed by the extremely cool Pish-Tush (Eamon Moses) and Pooh-Bah (Karen Oliver) , that Ko-Ko has since been freed by the people of Titipu and made Lord High Executioner, its highest ranking official.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society
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Pooh-Bah, who became Lord High offers (for a small fee) the information that Yum-Yum and Ko-Ko are slated for marriage that very day. Plenty of singing and dancing unfolds.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society
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Pooh-Bah is one of my favourite characters in the musical and played superbly by Karen Oliver , who delivers her lines expertly and keeps up her character with animated manly facial expressions and demeanour throughout.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society
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The throng of talented actors dance and sing up a storm on stage. At times you might lose track, as there is so much happening; this is just what you would expect with a comical musical originally written by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


The story keeps tumbling along with Ko Ko plotting to marry off Nanki Poo to Yum Yum (Nina Marsh) but only if he will agree to being beheaded one month later. David Verdejo plays Ko Ko with so much energy and is quite hilarious. I was quite amazed at how he kept that high-level slapstick humour throughout the complete musical.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


More twists unfold and all plans start to go awry when Katisha appears, claiming Nanki-Poo for herself. Katisha is played by Rachael Gillfeather. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance and her powerful alto vocals.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society
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Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


Tisha Keleman as The Mikado delivers a fine performance along with keeping up with some energetic tap dancing by the rest of the cast.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


Plenty of sparkle from all the cast members vocals and tightly executed choreography under the direction of Declan Moore. The costumes and stage looked fantastic thanks to Kate Redfearn, production manager Donna Fitzgerald and stage manager Will Hall.

No musical would be a success without the right music; The Hot Mikado Band directed by Andrew Bartle provided superb musical numbers throughout. Full of show-stopping blues, swing, hot gospel numbers and torch songs.

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society


All up, I thought this production proved to be a very enjoyable night out for the whole family. Get your ticket now if you want to check in before the production raps up on the October 1.

Where: The Independent Theatre - 269 Miller Street, North Sydney
www.theindependent.org.au/hot-mikado
When:
8pm Friday 22 September
2pm Saturday 23 September
8pm Saturday 23 September
8pm Wednesday 27 September
8pm Friday 29 September
2pm Saturday 30 September
8pm Saturday 30 September
2pm Sunday 1 October

Tickets:$45 Adult, $40 Concession/Student, $30 Child, Groups of 6 : $40
Programmes: $5

Hot Mikado, Chatswood Musical Society, Alan Roy Photography
Image credit: Alan Roy - supplied by The Wright Publicity


Tip:
Parking after 6.00pm on Miller Street, North Sydney has no time limit. I arrived at 7.00pm and parked right out front.

A great restaurant to try before the show is right next door at Simple & Irresistible Kitchen (Thai Cuisine). Book a table on 9929 6696 or just turn up. I went in at 7.00pm and was out with plenty of time for the show at 8.00pm.

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Why? Hilarious 1940’s-style Musical
When: 22nd September - 1st October
Phone: General Enquires: (02) 9409 4462
Where: The Independent Theatre, North Sydney.
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