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Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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19 reviews
4 stars
We dined at near-bt Brussels Bistro and found the French-influenced food very good and the owner attentive.
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29 events
19 reviews
4 stars
Parking at the theater is $10 but there is a public lot across the street that ranges fron free to affordable depending on what else is going on in Laguna. Read the small portable signs in the lot to know which area to park in.
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"The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)"
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Quotes & Highlights

“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.”

About the Ticket Supplier: Laguna Playhouse

Founded in 1920, The Laguna Playhouse’s history and longevity validate a unique heritage in our region, making it a cultural treasure for all of California. We produce and present professional theatre of the highest quality, providing a full range of theatrical styles, entertainment, educational programs, and other initiatives that serve our community and reach a broad constituency.