THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL!
SUMMER – MUSICAL – June 29 – September 2, 2018
All performances begin at 7:30pm
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; 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. An entertaining comic valentine to musical theatre.
CAUTIONS: If this was a movie it would be rated PG. There are some mild adult themes. Children who watch prime-time TV won’t see much to shock them, but depending on the personality and exposure of your younger children, they may be confused. On the other hand, there are lots of fun musical numbers numbers and even children who haven’t reached the age of irony will likely have a good time. Your own judgement is the best guide for your family.
DIRECTED BY Patrick Lathrop