Gilbert and Sullivan with an all-male twist in freeFall's 'The Mikado'
In its still young life, St. Petersburg’s freeFall Theatre has gained a reputation for doing classics with a twist.
And that’s what you can expect with its all-male production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta “The Mikado.” The theater describes it as a mix of Kabuki theater, Las Vegas floor show and RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The show is set in Japan and tells the story of Nanki-Poo, who wants to marry the lovely Yum-Yum. But his father, The Mikado, plans for him to marry the overbearing Katisha.
Artistic director Eric Davis stages the production, which features a cast that includes Broadway veteran Patrick Ryan Sullivan as The Mikado, Dick Baker as Nanki-Poo, Matthew McGee as Katisha and Emanuel Carrero as Yum-Yum. Glenn Gover is Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, and Larry Alexander is Pooh-Bah, the Lord High Everything Else.
Performances begin April 26 and continue through May 18 at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $29-$40. For more information; (727) 498-5205; freefalltheatre.com