The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!

The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!

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Overview

For decades, it has seemed that, when it comes to making fun of musicals, the long-running (and ever-updated) revue Forbidden Broadway has had the field to itself. Finally, some competition is provided by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart's The Musical of Musicals: The Musical! Composer Rockwell and lyricist Bogart hit upon the idea of an evening of five mini-musicals, each done in the style of a familiar songwriter. The plot is expressed in the opening lines: "I can't pay the rent!" (Ingenue); "You must pay the rent! (Villain); "I can't pay the rent!" (Ingenue); "You must pay the rent!" (Villain); "I'll pay the rent!" (Hero). In addition to these three characters, there is also an older woman. In "Corn!," the story is given a Western twist à la Oklahoma!, as the singers spoof Rodgers & Hammerstein in familiar music and punning lyrics ("Shucks, what beautiful corn!"). "A Little Complex" moves the action to a New York apartment building and to the dissonant chords and tongue-twisting wordplay of Stephen Sondheim ("When you have to strain to explain the arcane, it's bound to sound profound"). "Dear Abby!" turns the focus on the older woman, now a combination of Dolly and Mame in the style of Jerry Herman. "Aspects of Junita" enters the operetta world of Andrew Lloyd Webber, with particular attention to the composer's tendency to "borrow" melodies from opera. ("I've heard that song before," sings Junita, the ingenue. "You'll hear it even more," replies the Villain, now a Phantom.) Finally, "Speakeasy" mixes Cabaret and Chicago, among other shows by Kander and Ebb. As with most parodies, the more audience members know, the more jokes they'll recognize and, presumably, laugh at. Rockwell and Bogart are joined by Craig Fols and Lovette George in the four-person cast that, as with Forbidden Broadway, has to display considerable versatility and does so admirably. Unlike Forbidden Broadway, however, this is a satire that can run without being revised for a long time.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2004
Label: Jay Records
UPC: 0605288137624
catalogNumber: 1376

Tracks

  1. Act 1. Prologue. Introduction / Melodrame
  2. Act 1. Corn! Oh, What Beautiful Corn
  3. Act 1. Corn! Scene
  4. Act 1. Corn! I Couldn't Keer Less About You
  5. Act 1. Corn! I Don't Love You
  6. Act 1. Corn! Scene
  7. Act 1. Corn! Follow Your Dream
  8. Act 1. Corn! Dream Ballet
  9. Act 1. Corn! Sowillyquey
  10. Act 1. Corn! Clam Dip
  11. Act 1. Corn! Scene
  12. Act 1. Corn! Daylight Savings Time
  13. Act 1. Corn! Corn Finale
  14. Act 1. A Little Complex. Welcome to the Woods
  15. Act 1. A Little Complex. The Ballad of Jitter
  16. Act 1. A Little Complex. Jitter's Oath
  17. Act 1. A Little Complex. Scene
  18. Act 1. A Little Complex. Birds
  19. Act 1. A Little Complex. Getting Away With Murder
  20. Act 1. A Little Complex. Billy-Baby / A Melody?
  21. Act 1. A Little Complex. Stay With Me
  22. Act 1. A Little Complex. Jeune's Patter
  23. Act 1. A Little Complex. We're All Gonna Die
  24. Act 1. A Little Complex. Complex Finale
  25. Act 1. Dear Abby! Dear Abby
  26. Act 1. Dear Abby! Take My Advice And Live
  27. Act 1. Dear Abby! Scene
  28. Act 1. Dear Abby! Show Tune
  29. Act 1. Dear Abby! Scene
  30. Act 1. Dear Abby! Did I Put Out Enough?
  31. Act 1. Dear Abby Finale
  32. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. Aspects of Junita / Prologue
  33. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. I've Heard That Song Before
  34. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. Opera Scena
  35. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. Sing A Song
  36. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. Junita's Recitative
  37. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. Go Go Go Go Junita
  38. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. We Never Talk Anymore
  39. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. A Sense of Enlightenment / Second Opera Scena
  40. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. Over The Top
  41. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. Chandelier Scena
  42. Act 2. Aspects of Junita. Aspects Finale
  43. Act 2. Speakeasy. Hola, Aloha, Hello
  44. Act 2. Speakeasy. Juny With a "J"
  45. Act 2. Speakeasy. Color Me Gay
  46. Act 2. Speakeasy. Just Don't Pay
  47. Act 2. Speakeasy. Easy Mark
  48. Act 2. Speakeasy. Round And Round
  49. Act 2. Epilogue. Done

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lovette George   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Joanne Bogart   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Craig Fols   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer
Eric Rockwell   Piano,Vocals,Narrator
Musical of Musicals Pit Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Musical of Musicals Cast Ensemble   cast

Technical Credits

Troy Halderson   Engineer
John Yap   Executive Producer
Joanne Bogart   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes,Book
Eric Rockwell   Composer,Liner Notes,Book
Pamela Hunt   Director,Choreographer
John A. Yap   Executive Producer
James Morgan   Liner Notes,Logo,Cover Illustration,Artistic Director

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The premise is great: the same plot (a young ingenue can't pay her rent, a handsome hero comes along and pays the rent for her) done in the style of five different composers (Rodgers & Hammerstein, Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, Herman, and Kander & Ebb), but the show suffers from not knowing exactly what it's trying to be. It jumps from being simply shows in the style of these composers (which would be funny enough) to actually parodying the composers (especially in the Andrew Lloyd Webber segment, where a phantom sings about his song which he "wrote himself in early 1987" though "it might sound just a teeny like something by Puccini.") These bits are good, but too Forbidden Broadway-esque (only not as funny.) In short: if you're expecting funny, obnoxious songs in the exaggerated styles of composers, yeah, you're going to get that, but you're going to get more. In this case, however, less would be better. Also, this CD is only for those who are very familiar with all of the composers. For example, I'm very familiar with the styles and shows of the first four composers but I'm not as big a fan of Kander and Ebb. Therefore that section was almost entirely lost on me. So if you don't think a Rodgers and Hammerstein charcater singing "chin up, belly high" or a Sondheim character saying "it sounded like you were making some pretty specific overtures" is funny, then this CD might not be for you. So unless you're a huge theatre fan, then this is probably one you should pass up.