Comic Satire The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)
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For King Henry II, Christmas in 1183 is the least wonderful time of the year. In James Goldman's scathing drama of strategic manipulation, The Lion in Winter, the English ruler is faced with choosing his successor as his three conniving sons gather for the winter holiday. Caught between his imprisoned wife Eleanor, released from jail for this special occasion, and his mistress Alais, Henry finds himself navigating a treacherous web of lies and one-upmanship, as each family member schemes after their own agenda. A 1968 film adaptation of this witty, powerful work garnered Katherine Hepburn the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Eleanor. Learn More
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“Real wit, real charm! It’s great fun!” —New York Times
“Charming! Funny! Hits its targets with sophisticated affection!” —New York Magazine
“Witty! Refreshing! Juicily merciless!” —Village Voice
Music by Eric Rockwell
Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Book by Eric Rockwell & Joanne Bogart
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 Stephen Sondheim.
June, an ingenue 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.”