Comic Satire The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)
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Leave it to Joan Didion to describe the indescribable. Didion, a perennial front-runner for the "Best Living American Writer" title, found a powerful and poignant way to talk about grief in her acclaimed memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. Now the award-winning book is an equally acclaimed play. This 90-minute one-woman performance, starring Linda Purl (The Office, Homeland, True Blood), recounts the fallout from the sudden death of the author's husband, novelist John Gregory Dunne, shortly before the couple's fortieth wedding anniversary. That devastating period also saw the death of the couple's daughter, Quintana, from a battery of acute and chronic illnesses. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, Purl brings Didion's crippling grief and her ultimate, inspiring journey to acceptance to life at Laguna Playhouse. 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.”