Musical of Musicals, The Musical

Original Off-Broadway Cast The York Theatre

Musical of Musicals, The Musical, Original Off-Broadway Cast   The York Theatre
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NOTES FROM THE AUTHORS   Okay, so you purchased this CD, and with a title like “The Musical of Musicals” (The Musical!) you’re thinking, “This will be grand, even epic, in proportion! A giant orchestra, a cast of thousands and…” Well, you’re wrong. The show here, as performed Off-Broadway, consists of four performers and a piano.

We set out to write a great new musical. Whatever we tried to compose, however innovative, was never quite as melodious as any tune by Richard Rodgers. And however clever a turn of phrase we might have come up with, it never came close to the genius of a Stephen Sondheim. It was then we suddenly realized, nobody really wants to hear a new musical – we all just want more of the old ones. We want revivals of the great, classic musicals written by the masters of the form. The Oklahoma’s, the Carousel’s, the Sweeney Todd’s. Unfortunately, there are only so many of them. So we decided to write a brand new original revival. After all, why bother being a second-rate original when we could be a first-rate imitation? (Wait, I think I meant that in reverse…)

SYNOPSIS“A 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.

June, an ingénue who can’t pay the rent, is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to her rescue? In an evening of variations on a theme, this basic plot is musicalized the way Rodgers and Hammerstein might have envisioned it, taking place in Kansas in August, complete with a Dream Ballet. The story is then done in the style of Stephen Sondheim, featuring the landlord as a tortured, artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge because they don’t appreciate his Art. When presented in the style of Jerry Herman, the story becomes a splashy star vehicle, while the Andrew Lloyd Webber version is a rock musical, with borrowed themes from Puccini. The story is re-told one last time in the style of Kander and Ebb, set in a Cabaret in Chicago.

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

 

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"REAL WIT, REAL CHARM! TWO SMART WRITERS AND FOUR WINNING PERFORMERS! YOU GET THE PICTURES. IT'S GREAT FUN!" --Margo Jefferson, The New York Times

"WITTY! REFRESHING! JUICILY MERCILESS!" --Michael Feingold, Village Voice

"HAS THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY GOT A SHOW FOR YOU! A DELIGHTFUL, FIZZY CONCOCTION!" --Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

"A GIFT FROM THE MUSICAL THEATER GODS! HIGHLY ENTERTAININGŠMOMENTS OF UTTER BRILLIANCE!" --Jonathan Frank, Talkin' Broadway

"EXCEEDINGLY CLEVER, EXTREMELY FUNNY! A FROTHY VALENTINE TO THE MUSICAL THEATREŠA DELECTABLE THEATRICAL TREAT! IRRESISITIBLE!"--Andy Propst, American Theatre Web

"SILLY, HILARIOUS! THE GIDDY PARTY ATMOSPHERE NEVER DISSIPATES! IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A MOOD BRIGHTENER, THIS IS THE SHOW!" --David Barbour, Lighting Dimensions

"BRILLIANT SATIREŠPLENTY OF LAUGHS! HURRY TO THE YORK, BRING YOUR COPY OF ENCYCLOPEDIA MUSICALIA, AND GET READY TO HOLD YOUR SIDES!"--Jena Tesse Fox, BroadwayWorld.Com

"EXCEEDINGLY SILLY! RELENTLESSLY SMART!" --David Kennerley, Gay City News

"CLEVER, HILARIOUS, CLASSY, INTELLIGENT! WIT ABOUNDS IN THIS AFFECTIONATE SPOOF OF LEADING BROADWAY COMPOSERS! FOUR MERRY, VERSATILE PERFORMERS!"--William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide

"THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS OFFERS A BOUNTY OF PLEASURES! ROCKWELL AND BOGART HAVE GOTTEN IT RIGHT!" --Gyda Arber, nytheatre.com

"REALLY ENTERTAINING! THE CAST IS TERRIFIC! THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS IS JUST THE SHOW FOR YOU!" --Lesley Alexander, WVOX Radio

"A REAL AUDIENCE PLEASER! A FABULOUS TIME! DO DROP IN ON THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS!" --Peter Filichia, TheaterMania.com

"AMUSINGLY NAUGHTY! IT'S GOOD TO SEE THE YORK BACK IN ACTION, FULFILLING THEIR WORTHY MISSION!" --CurtainUp