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'Mikado' Remarx

March 13, 1988

Jonathan Miller's decision to stage "The Mikado" a la the Marx Brothers (as reported today) is an act of cultural vandalism, no matter how much money it might make.

Violating Gilbert and Sullivan is no different from colorizing "It's a Wonderful Life."

I hope the Music Center Opera realizes its error and invites New York's Gilbert and Sullivan Players to present their delightfully faithful version next year.

LAURENCE JARVIK

Santa Monica

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