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Musical of Musicals

 



Musical of Musicals is a delightful and insightful pastiche of Broadway musical styles telling a single story through the musical eyes of five composers, Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Kander and Ebb. Kristen Towers-Rowles, a noted performer in her own right, directed this thoroughly enjoyable production. She has assembled a talented cast consisting of Jean Altadel (June, Jeune, Junie Faye, Junita, Juny), Jason Peter Kennedy (Big Willy, Billy, William, Bill, Villy), Christina Morrell (Mother Abby, Abby, Auntie Abby, Abigail von Schtarr, Fraulein Abby) and Eduardo Enrikez (Jidder, Jitter, Mr. Jitters, Phantom Jitter, Jutter).

 These performers can really sing which makes the whole evening even more enjoyable. They all have just the right amount of camp sensibility to carry it all off with tongues squarely in cheeks. I was told the show is often done straight but the camp element made for some real hilarity and that takes some skill on the part of the director and perfumers to pull it off without going overboard.

Choreography was by Samantha Whidby and was also composer specific. Richard Berendt is the musical director and pianist of his improvisatory musical musings during the scene changes. This is a fun show to see, well-executed and witty as hell. Go see it.