The Musical of Musicals—The Musical! Returns to London Dec. 5

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The Musical of Musicals — The Musical!, which satirizes the musical theatre genre, returns to the London stage Dec. 5 when it begins a limited engagement at the King's Head Theatre.

Directed by Julian Woolford, the production will officially open Dec. 7 and play a six-week run through Jan. 14, 2007. The cast includes Susannah Fellows, Ian McLarnon, Paul Baker and Julie-Alanah Brighten.

The creative team also features Ben Stones (design), Emma Chapman (lighting design), Steven Harris (choreography) and Richard John (musical direction).

The Musical of Musicals — The Musical! made its U.K. premiere at Leicester Square's Sound Theatre in March 2006. In a recent statement, producer Melanie Herman said, "I am thrilled beyond belief that we will be returning to London, where we were so enthusiastically received last spring, and performing in the legendary Kings Head Theatre, which has presented so many acclaimed plays and musicals."

The Music of Musicals — The Musical!, which was the longest-running show in the York Theatre Company's 35-year history (it played 256 performances there), reopened at Dodger Stages, Stage Five, where it played nine previews and 318 regular performances before closing in November 2005. Featuring music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart and a book by Rockwell and Bogart, The Musical of Musicals is a satire of various musical theatre genres. One story is played five times, each in the style of a different musical theatre composer or team, including Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim.

The Musical of Musicals — The Musical! was nominated for a 2004 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical, five 2004 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical, and a 2005 Drama League Award for Best Musical. The original cast recording is available on the Jay Records label. The King's Head Theatre is located in London at 115 Upper Street. Tickets, priced £15-£25, are available by calling 020 7226 1916 or by visiting www.kingsheadtheatre.org.

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