THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS
Music by Eric Rockwell
Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Book by Rockwell and Bogart
“Parody is a form of lovemaking, and the lover who reveals total understanding is truly blessed. Others may burlesque the topical and the obvious; these two draw blood because they know from whence it flows.”
~Michael Feingold, Village Voice
“One had to admire the authors’ intimacy with the things they lovingly lampooned, and the deftness and piquancy with which they put that familiarity to use: Not a little verbal and musical cleverness went into these five flights of fancy. The tunes managed to be delightfully in the spirit of the originals, and the words gloried in sometimes using the originals’ phrases in a hilariously new context, or mischievously punning on them.”
~John Simon, New York Magazine .
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is, you guessed it, a musical. Not just one singular Broadway sensation, but five. One story is told in five different musical theatre styles. With entirely original music and lyrics, the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander and Ebb is sent up in this loving satire.
Before hitting the big time, the show began off-Broadway, as an instant hit at the York Theatre. After moving to the New World Stages, The Musical of Musicals played over 500 performances. It earned five Drama Desk nominations, as well as Drama League and Lucille Lortel Award nominations for Best Musical. After playing on London's West End, it has since had productions in theatres from coast to coast, as well as in Canada, Germany and Australia.