The finale of the first act is truly an opera within the operetta, with sung dialog and lots of dramatic turns of events, involving all the characters. The Lala Singers have divided it into several parts, some of them quite short. The idea is to skip the solo parts and make it easy to practice the choral parts. We will probably end up skipping some of these sections, because Gerry will cut them, so just as well to sort them out.
In all the following posts, “m” is short for measure, e.g., “m54” means measure, or bar, 54, and the page numbers refer to the Mikado choral handout. The beginning of the section is in boldface (see below). To make it easier to find your place, The titles of the posts refer to the measure number at the beginning of the first cue or choral line, rather than the exact beginning measure.
This section begins on page 14 with the cue line m10, and continues through m62, on page 15.
The chorus asks Ko-ko how will deal with his impending execution. Poo-Bah asks what Ko-Ko is going to do, and Ko-Ko introduces Nanki-Poo, a volunteer victim. He sings of how he will surrender Yum-Yum to Nanki for a month of wedded bliss, to be followed by a beheading, and the chorus cheers him. The harmonies are simple, and so long as you remember to sing “Ah yes, he loves himself, with passion ten-d’rer still” with the second phrase piano, you’ll be good.
As usual, the Altogether piece is uptempo, and the pieces for parts are slower.
For the next 30 measures, the principals sing about how happy they are. The chorus will go back to work in