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. 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 & Hammerstien 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 verson; a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago. This comic valentine to musical theatre was the longest running show in the York Theatre Company's 35-year history before moving to Off-Broadway.
"Witty! Refreshing! Juicily Merciless!"
--Michael Feingold, Village Voice
"Real Wit, Real Charm! Two Smart Writers and Four Winning Performers! You get the Picture, it's GREAT FUN!"
--The New York Times