Co-Directed by Bill Johnston and Alan Watt, with musical direction by Nikita Towe, The Musical of Musicals, which opens at Ladysmith Little Theatre April 21, is structured into five short episodes parodying the style of five Broadway greats, each built around the same classic melodramatic plot: “I can’t pay the rent!”
• Corn! is set in Kansas in August and lampoons the famous musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein.
• A Little Complex, based on the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, is about neurotic New Yorkers.
• Dear Abby’s madcap socialite parodies the work of Jerry Herman, especially Mame and Hello Dolly!
• Aspects of Junita play upon the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber and even includes a poke about the controversy when he was accused of ‘borrowing’ tunes from Puccini.
• Speakeasy reflects the work of Kander & Ebb, the talent’s behind Cabaret and Chicago.
The cast of 11 play over 40 roles, including hilarious turns by Ladysmith Little Theatre favorites: Mort Paul, Bill Johnston, Elizabeth Hermann, Ann McInulty-Gogo, Rob Bradford, Kim Rogers, Alan Watt, Sharron MacLeod and Brenda Clarke.
Mike Dietrich will be welcomed to the Ladysmith footlights in his stage debut. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Mary Jackson.
Although it’s all original music, the composers have done ‘a marvelous job’ mimicking the greats. “You’ll be saying ‘I’ve heard that song before’, tapping your toes and having a great time,” says a Ladysmith Little Theatre release.
Tickets are $25. For show dates, times and ticket information go to ladysmiththeatre.com or call the box-office at 250-924-0658 (open Wednesday to Friday, 1 to 3 p.m.)