John Michael Phillips' airy stage-to-film transfer of an English National Opera production of the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta takes playful liberties with the
Original material: For connoisseurs, the result is heaven!
In a mythical 1920s-era English seaside resort, Lord High Executioner Ko-Ko (Eric Idle) confides his plan to marry his young ward, Yum-Yum (Lesley Garrett), to the Grand Pooh-Bah (Richard Van Allan). Meanwhile, wandering minstrel Nanki-Poo (Bonaventura Bottone) wanders into this decorous holiday spot -- flirting is a capital offense – and promptly falls for Yum-Yum as well. Though Yum Yum is equally taken with Nanki-Poo, their decision to el...