Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.
In a poor working class London home Penny's love for her partner, taxi-driver Phil, has run dry, but when an unexpected tragedy occurs, they and their local community are brought together, and they rediscover their love.
After their production "Princess Ida" meets with less-than-stunning reviews, the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan is strained to breaking. Their friends and associates attempt to get the two to work together again, which opens the way to "The Mikado," one of the duo's greatest successes.Written by
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I was unable to present you with the libretto until you returned from your Grand Tour of Europe.
That is neither here nor there.
No, Sullivan, indeed. I was here and you were there!
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I personally appreciated the film, mainly because I love musical theater. I also love G&S. However I think this movie is not for a mainstream audience. Leigh really goes into detail in this movie. There were some interesting behind the scenes stuff as well as full musical numbers.
I recommend it to musical theater fans because the costumes, musical numbers, and other aspects of theater were well played out. However if you know nothing about musical theater or hate it. I would stay away. It is way too long for the average joe. Few movies can get away with being so long. I think too that it could have been shorter.
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