The Theater: Old Favorites in Manhattan

The Mikado (book & lyrics by Sir W. S. Gilbert; music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; produced by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company) brought to Broadway, for the first time since 1939, England's famed Gilbert & Sullivan troupe, the D'Oyly Carters. It also brought to Broadway, possibly for the first time since 1939, those dedicated spirits, those Haute-Savoyards, for whom G. & S. is not a production but a rite. For seven weeks, with a new opera every Monday, they might chirrup, gurgle, hum, keep an eye out for heresy.

After nine years, it was inevitable that there should be changes...

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