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Opera, Jr.

Gilbert and Sullivan are corny, I know, but as a child I was sung to sleep with songs from their operetta H.M.S. Pinafore. My family owned a songbook and a recording by the D'Oyly Carte opera company, and at a tender age I learned all about the romantic (and not) machinations of Ralph Rackstraw, Dick Deadeye and dear Little Buttercup. When The Mikado — abridged for television, no less — came along, with an aging, leering Groucho Marx as the cheesy Ko-Ko, my heart was forever won.

Groucho's taken his leer to heaven, but you can join The Mikado's politically incorrect characters today and tomorrow as they wend their way through a plot laden with personal secrets; the Colorado Symphony Orchestra presents the operetta at 7:30 p.m. both days at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are $7.50 to $65. For more information, call 303-830-TIXS or go to
March 24-25, 7:30 p.m.


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