Musical of Musicals

by  Joanne Bogart, Eric Rockwell

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"Witty! Refreshing! Juicily! Merciless!" - Michael Feingold, Village Voice
"A GIFT FROM THE MUSICAL THEATRE GODS!" - TalkinBroadway.com

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, From West End, Five 2004 Drama Desk nominations
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. The basic plot: June is an ingenue who can't pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? The variations are: a Rodgers & Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago. This comic valentine to musical theatre was the longest running show in the York Theatre Company's 35-year history before moving to Off-Broadway.
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Reviews

"Witty! Refreshing! Juicily! Merciless!" - Michael Feingold, Village Voice

"A GIFT FROM THE MUSICAL THEATRE GODS!" - TalkinBroadway.com

"Real Wit, Real Charm! Two Smart Writers and Four Winning Performers! You get the picture, it's GREAT FUN!" - The New York Times

"Funny, charming and refreshing! It hits its targets with sophisticated affection!" - New York Magazine

"Hilarious! It'll keep you laughing from start to finish." - The Daily News

Videos

  • Musical of Musicals
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, Not Applicable
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: "The Musical of Musicals" takes place in Kansas in August, in a New York City apartment complex, in the spooky home of a phantom, in a speakeasy, etc.  In other words, the settings are too numerous to list, which means it can either be very elaborate or be played on a bare stage. 
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Not Applicable

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Difficult
  • Chorus Size: Large

Song Samples

Oh, What Beautiful Corn!
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Scene from "Corn! The Musical"
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Follow Your Dream
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Dream Ballet
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Sowillyquey
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Welcome to the Woods
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Stay With Me
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Dear Abby
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We Never Talk Anymore
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A Sense of Entitlement
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Aspects Finale
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Hola, Aloha, Hello
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Just Don't Pay
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Easy Mark
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Round and Round
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Done
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Casting

2m, 2f

June:  The ingenue.

Willy:  The hero.

Jitter: The villain.

Abby: The matron.

Hundreds of other potential roles, including cats, roller-skaters, farm hands, and prisoners:  all, of course, must sing and dance. 

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Cast size is flexible; a chorus of enthusiastic singers and dancers is welcome!

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Authors

Joanne Bogart

Joanne Bogart began her collaboration with Eric Rockwell at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.  For The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

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Eric Rockwell

Eric Rockwell is a musician, teacher, dramatist, and award-winning composer of several critically-acclaimed musicals. His work has been produced off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. A 2004 Drama Desk nominee for best music, Mr. Rockwell composed the score and co-wrote the book to The Musical of Musicals ( ...

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Premiered at the The York Theatre Company in 2003. Moved to commercial Off-Broadway production at the Dodger Stages in 2005.

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