Music and Lyrics by Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart
Musical Direction by Jeffrey Rockwell
Directed by Pamela Hunt
Limited Engagement opens Saturday, October 21
at the Colony Theatre in Burbank!
"CHARMING! FUNNY! HITS ITS TARGETS WITH SOPHISTICATED AFFECTION!"
– New York Magazine
20, 2006…Burbank…The Colony Theatre Company presents the
third production of its 2006 – 2007 season, the hilarious musical
love-letter to musicals, THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL, written by Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart, directed by Pamela Hunt with musical direction by Jeffrey Rockwell and starring Alli Mauzey (Reprise! City of Angels, Pasadena Playhouse 110 in the Shade), Brent Schindele (Laguna Playhouse And The Winner Is, Jesus Christ Superstar), Mary Gordon Murray (Little Me, The Spitfire Grill) and Jeffrey Rockwell
(Colony’s Gunmetal Blues, Billy Bishop Goes to War). THE MUSICAL
OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL will preview Wednesday, October 18; Thursday,
October 19 and Friday, October 20 at 8:00pm and will open on Saturday,
October 21 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, November 19 at the
Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) adjacent to the
Burbank Town Center.
THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL!
is a musical about ... musicals! In a comic satire of musical theatre
genres, one story becomes five musicals, each in the distinctive style
of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to
June, an ingénue who
can't pay the rent, is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the
handsome leading man come to her rescue? In an evening of variations on
a theme, this basic plot is musicalized the way Rodgers and Hammerstein
might have envisioned it, taking place in Kansas in August, complete
with a Dream Ballet. The story is then done in the style of Stephen
Sondheim, featuring the landlord as a tortured, artistic genius who
slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge because they don't
appreciate his art. When presented in the style of Jerry Herman, the
story becomes a splashy star vehicle, while the Andrew Lloyd Webber
version is a rock musical, with borrowed themes from Puccini. The story
is re-told one last time in the style of Kander and Ebb, set in a
speakeasy in Chicago. The tone of this evening of satire is
loving/irreverent “in a sorry/grateful kind of way.”
THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL
first opened in Manhattan on December 16, 2003 as part of the York
Theatre’s subscription series, for a limited run through January
25, 2004. The show garnered rave reviews and was nominated for five
2004 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical and the 2004 Lucille
Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. The New York Times wrote, "The
Musical of Musicals - The Musical! has real wit, real charm. It’s
great fun!” The demand for tickets was so great that the York
re-configured its 2004 season, and re-opened the show on May 24, 2004,
running through October 2, 2004. It transferred to Off-Broadway’s
Dodger Stages produced by York Theatre Company, Melanie Herman, W.
David McCoy and James Morgan, on February 2, 2005, and received a
nomination for a 2005 Drama League Award for Distinguished Production
of a Musical.
ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM
Eric Rockwell (Music) and Joanne Bogart
(Lyrics) began their collaboration in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical
Theatre Workshop. Their parody of Mickey and Judy musicals, Golly Gee
Whiz was originally produced by the TADA! Theatre, then later featured
at the Lincoln Center “Reel to Real” series. Their other
collaborations include productions of The Trials of Alice in Wonderland
and David and Goliath. As a lyricist, Ms. Bogart contributed several
lyrics to The Book of Pooh, and Bear in the Big Blue House, both for
the Disney Channel.
Mr. Rockwell composed the score for The
History Mystery, and wrote the libretto to Everything About School,
both produced by the TADA! Theatre Company. They are currently working
on their next project together, a traditional full-length Broadway book
musical, which will leave them open to parody by some new upstart in
years to come!
(Director/Choreographer) 2004 Drama Desk Nominee, Outstanding Director,
The Musical of Musicals – The Musical!, ...Forum and Carnival!
(Outer Critics Circle Award) for the York Theatre, as well as Destry
Rides Again in the Company’s acclaimed “Musicals in
Mufti” series. In addition she has directed at numerous regional
theaters including The Actors Theatre of Louisville, ACT, Alabama
Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland
Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, GEVA,
Milwaukee Rep., Ordway Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, Repertory Theatre
of St. Louis, Studio Arena Theatre and others.
THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL has
assembled an award-winning design team. The set design is by James
Morgan. The lighting design is by Mary Jo Dondlinger. The costume
design is by John Carver Sullivan. The sound design is by Drew Dalzell.
THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL
will open on Saturday, October 21 and perform through Sunday, November
19, 2006. Performances for THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL will be
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.
Additionally there will be performances on Saturday, October 28 and
Saturday, November 4 at 3:00pm and also Thursday, November 9 and
Thursday, November 16 at 8:00pm. There will be no 7:00pm performance on
Sunday, October 22. Ticket prices range from $37.00 - $42.00 (student,
senior and group discounts are available). Preview performances will be
Wednesday, October 18, Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20 at
8:00pm – Preview Tickets $20.00 - $25.00. Opening night
performance with reception - all tickets $50.00. There will be two
Talk-Back performances with the cast on Friday, October 27 and
Thursday, November 9 immediately following the performance. For
tickets, call the Colony Theatre Box Office at 818/558-7000 ext.
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