In the comic satire of musical theatre genres, one story becomes five musicals. June, an ingénue who can't pay the rent, is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to her rescue? This basic plot is musicalised care of first Rodgers and Hammerstein, then Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander and Ebb.
The show’s original run featured West End stars Susannah Fellows (Beautiful and Damned, Mamma Mia!) and Ian McLarnon (Sunday in the Park with George, Pacific Overtures) - who will reprise their performances for the new dates – as well as Joanna Ampil and Geoffrey Abbott. Two new cast members will be announced shortly. The production is directed by Julian Woolford and designed by Ben Stones, with lighting by Emma Chapman, choreography by Steven Harris and musical direction by Richard John.
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) first opened in December 2003 at the New York-based York Theatre Company. The show was nominated for five 2004 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, and the 2004 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, as well as the 2005 Drama League nomination for Best Musical.
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) runs at the King's Head in the evenings after late afternoon performances of the venue’s new adaptation of Peter Pan, featuring the complete music and lyrics of Leonard Bernstein (See News, 1 Nov 2006).
- by Caroline Ansdell