When I was young the family stereo came with about a dozen promotion records. One was a Bell Telephone Hour presentation of The Mikado featuring - get this - Groucho Marx. My mother and I memorized it and would sing parts of it to each other. At the time I didn’t realize it was an shortened version, but that didn’t matter as it started me down a G&S appreciation path. G&S purists may be appalled, but I find it an amazing bit of history. At the time television was trying to find its “voice” with televised versions of live music and plays commonplace.
Last night I saw a video of the original performance for the first time - a gift from my sister and brother in law. Such a delight - I attempted to track this down several times when I worked for AT&T, but it was tied up with a variety of rights issues.