The 7:30 PM performance at The York Theatre Company in Saint Peter's Church features actors who have performed the show in New York and around the country: Joanne Bogart, Matt Castle, Brent Schindele and Kristin Maloney.
Melanie Herman, the show's New York producer, has also reunited the show's original artistic team: director Pamela Hunt; set designer Jim Morgan; costume designer John Carver Sullivan; and lighting designer Mary Jo Dondlinger.
Musical of Musicals has music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart and book by Rockwell and Bogart. The show, according to press notes, "is a musical about ... musicals! In a comic satire of musical theatre genres, one story becomes five musicals, each in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim.
"The plot is simple: 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 speakeasy in Chicago. The tone of this evening of satire is loving/irreverent 'in a sorry/grateful' kind of way."
The evening's performance is dedicated to the memory of Lovette George, who starred in the original Off-Broadway production and died in September 2006 from ovarian cancer. The York Theatre Company is located in Saint Peter's Church, 54th Street and Lexington Avenues. Tickets are $40 (show only; limited availability) and $100 (includes post-show reception) and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org.