Hot Mikado is a musical comedy, based on Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado, adapted by David H. Bell (book and lyrics) and Rob Bowman (orchestrations and arrangements). After researching the 1939 Broadway musical, The Hot Mikado, Bell and Bowman created Hot Mikado, which ran from March 18–July 27, 1986  at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. Bell directed and choreographed the production.
Bell directed several other professional productions after 1986. The 1995 Washington DC production received Helen Hayes Awards for (1) Outstanding Director -- Resident Musical -- David H. Bell; and (2) Outstanding Lead Actor -- Resident Musical -- Ross Lehman (Ko-Ko). Productions were also nominated for the following awards: (1) 2005 Los Angeles Drama Critics Award: Best Production; (2) 2004 Los Angeles Ovation Award: Best Musical; and (3) 1995 Helen Hayes Award: Outstanding Resident Musical. 
In January 2006, the medical musical theatre society of King's College London presented a production of the show, which was given a modern-asian look and was staged at the Greenwood Theatre at London Bridge (where the first edition of the BBC1 show Question Time was filmed).
A number of community groups and high schools have performed the show in the United States and Britain. Productions are scheduled at the Pocono Playhouse, New Hope, PA (US) from August to September 2006 and at the Westchester Broadway Theatre, in Elmsford, NY (US) from July to September 2006.  The performing rights are available from Music Theater International..
The plot of Hot Mikado does not stray far from the Gilbert and Sullivan original. 
The musical has the same witty tone as the original, with many of the songs bearing the same name and melody. For example, the song "I Am So Proud" has the same melody for the verses, changing only towards the end, where it folds into a more jazzy round. It is set in Japan in the 1940s, with suggested settings and costuming combining Japanese design with American 1940's design. The set uses Japanese architecture, executed in the textures of The Cotton Club (neon, brass mahogany). The costumes include zoot suits, snoods, wedgies and felt hats, executed in the colorful silk kimono textures of Japan.
The score uses 1940's popular musical harmonies and arrangements and a wide range of styles, including hot gospel, blues, rock, Cab Calloway swing, and torch songs. The 'Three Little Maids' sing in Andrews Sisters' style. The dances called for include the Lindy Hop, tap-dancing, the jitterbug and other 1940's dances. 
The orchestrations call for Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Drums, Timpani, Duck Call, Glockenspiel, Large Gong, Mark Tree, Triangle, Wood Block, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Cowbell, Trombone, Flugelhorn, Tambourine, and Trumpet.
According to the publisher's website, casting is intended to be inter-racial, with the MIKADO, KATISHA and POOH-BAH apecifically singing in African-America musical styles.  While The Mikado has encountered some controversy regarding language in its libretto that has come to be considered racist, Hot Mikado was sometimes criticized for the inclusion of white actors scat singing.