The Musical of Musicals, the Musical
Nov. 8 - Dec. 8, 2013
Mar. 7 - Mar. 23, 2014
Music by Eric Rockwell Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Book by Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart
Fri, Sat. 8pm
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. The basic plot: June is an ingenue who can't pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? The variations are: a Rodgers & Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago.
Steven Stanley of StageSceneLA raves "Director Kristin Towers-Rowles demonstrates supreme imagination (and an encyclopedic knowledge of musical theater) in bringing Rockwell & Bogart's book, music, and lyrics to sparkling, highly visual life, aided and abetted by choreographer Samantha Whidby, who knows her Agnes de Mille, Bob Fosse, and Michael Bennett by heart"