City Adventure: The Musical of Musicals: The Musical

posterI don’t think we say it enough: WE LOVE MUSICALS! So when we saw that The Musical of Musicals: The Musical was coming to Toronto, we had no idea what it was but knew that we had to be there.

A boisterous production, The Musical of Musicals: The Musical is an ode to musical theatre, an over the top celebration of Broadway’s most famous composers – Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Kader & Ebb and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Structured as five different acts, the talented cast of four repeat the same melodramatic plot of “I can’t pay the rent” over and over again parodying the style of a different musical theatre composer.

adrian_marchuk.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxAct One: CORN! takes place on a farm with a giant corn field and celebrates Rodgers & Hammerstein and references The King and I, The Sound of Music, Carousel, Cinderella, Oklahoma! and South Pacific.

Act Two: A Little Complex is a neurotic, dark, overly complex and dissonant take on Stephen Sondheim’s work highlighting Into the Woods, Company, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

Act Three: Dear Abby is a full blown song and dance feature, focusing on socialite Abby and mimics the work of Jerry Herman’s Mame and Hello, Dolly!

04Act Four: Aspects of Junita would have to be our favourite act, as it explores all the wonderful work of Andrew Lloyd Webber including Evita, Jesus Christ Super Star, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Phantom of the Opera. It was by far the more hilarious of the acts, or maybe that’s just because it features a handful of our favourite productions.

02Act Five: Speakeasy reflects John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Chicago and Cabaret. A risqué tramp through a 1930’s Chicago speakeasy, this act as well was one of the better ones and the perfect note to end the show on.

Mark Cassius, Adrian Marchuk, Dana Jean Phoenix and Paula Wolfson had some big shoes to fill as they took on some of theatre’s greatest show tunes, but they did it with such ease and grace.

cpt119115226-high-jpgThough the one thing we realized is that for all the musicals we’ve seen, there are still so many out there that we haven’t seen and part of the reason why the first three acts weren’t as thoroughly enjoyed was because we weren’t as thoroughly versed in their music. We definitely have some catching up to do!

A clever and hilarious production, the Musical of Musicals: The Musical is not to be missed by musical lovers! It’s at the Panasonic Theatre until January 5.

images from official Mirvish website