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Parade Theatres: MUSICAL OF MUSICALS – THE MUSICAL!
- Times: Tuesday-Saturday 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinee 2pm
- Ticket price: $55 Adults/ $45 Concessions/ $48 Groups of 10 or more
215 Anzac Parade
Bookings 1300 795 012 or www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au
MUSICAL OF MUSICALS – THE MUSICAL!
Music by Eric Rockwell Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart
Directed by Avigail Herman and Jane Miskovic
Musical Direction by Avigail Herman
Choreography by Jane Miskovic
Produced by Triptych Theatre
Starring Avigail Herman, Belinda Wollaston, Andrew Bevis and Warwick Allsop
For more information, go to www.triptychtheatre.com.au
The five parts of Musical of Musicals – The Musical! are:
CORN – in the style of Rodgers and Hammerstein
Corn is a musical about corn. Lots and lots of corn. Rows and rows of corn. Corn coming
out of every orifice! The musical is set in Kansas in August. Big Willy is the hero, a wholesome, optimistic farmer, who is in love with June, also wholesome and optimistic, and their guiding angel is Mother Abby, who is also wholesome and optimistic. It’s the way they breed them down in Kansas . The villain is Jitter, the evil landlord, who was definitely not bred in Kansas ! They live in a world where horses wink, rivers sing and larks pray, which would be downright frightening, except that they are all wholesome and optimistic, so well prepared to ride off into the sunset. Corn is inspired by Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals such as Oklahoma, Carousel, The King and I and South Pacific.
A LITTLE COMPLEX – in the style of Stephen Sondheim
Nothing wholesome or optimistic in this story. You did not come to the theatre to be entertained. You came to the theatre to THINK! To think deep, dark, devilish and depressing thoughts. Deep concepts. Dark ideas. Devilish word play. Depressing human depravity. Think about how we are all walking about this planet isolated and alone. Oh, I need a drink! In A Little Complex, the landlord is a demented artist intent on savagely murdering his tenants in order to use their rotting and decaying corpses in his conceptual art. What perfect subject material for a musical comedy! A Little Complex is inspired by Sondheim musicals as diverse as Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods.
DEAR ABBY - in the style of Jerry Herman
What makes a hit musical comedy? The answer is simple: an aging star, a grand staircase, an
adoring chorus, hum-able melodies and old-fashioned fun. Put these simple ingredients together and you have Dear Abby. Abby is a fabulous middle-aged woman (or at least a fabulous man dressed up as one) who is a life-affirming goddess who stays up all night drinking martinis, smoking cigarettes and dancing up a storm with men much too young for her, living for each and every moment. The bad guys are the party-poopers who disapprove of such fabulous lifestyles … who invited them to the party? Dear Abby is inspired by Jerry Herman’s big hit shows such as Hello Dolly, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles.
ASPECTS OF JUNITA - in the style of Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber shows are generally considered to be over-produced, over-hyped and over-the top. Well, what’s wrong with that? He does have three names after all, so you should expect big things from his shows. The Queen of England certainly does – she even knighted him Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, so now he has FOUR names. Who are we to criticise the Queen’s taste? Enough said… Aspects of Junita is inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbusters including Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Cats.
SPEAKEASY – in the style of Kander and Ebb
Kander and Ebb shows are unique in their ability to have your toes tapping and your hips gyrating whilst you witness a murder, a betrayal of justice, or even the rise of Nazi Germany. Add to the inhumanity a little jazz, a little booze, and a little sex, and you’ve got yourself a show! Speakeasy is set in a Cabaret in Chicago , even though everyone at the cabaret speaks in a German accent. You’ll have to buy a ticket to find out more! Speakeasy is inspired by Kander and Ebb shows such as Cabaret and Chicago .
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