Zachary Gipson and Kokandy Productions take to the 4th St. Theatre with a
deft and daffy send-up of Broadway musicals that packs five shows into one,
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical). The show begins August 15 and
continues through September 1.
The show features one simple plot. A young woman can't pay her rent. Menaced
by a cruel landlord, her only hope lies with a dashing young suitor she
believes will ride to her rescue and with a helpful older friend who offers
her wisdom and advice along the way.
This story plays out and is then rewritten in a total of five different
scenarios, each one penned in the style of the most famous Broadway
composers and lyricists of all time: Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen
Sondheim, Kander and Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jerry Herman.
The Rodgers and Hammerstein segment, Corn! features not only an
Oklahoma! - inspired dream ballet but also a Sound of Music
Mother Abby figure.
In A Little Complex, the show takes on the artistic works of Stephen
Sondheim and is set in an apartment complex overseen by a tortured artist
intent on slashing the throats of residents and using them to create his
In Dear Abby, Jerry Herman's penchant for showy star vehicles and
life-affirming themes is served up with aplomb, while Aspects of Junita
sends up the showiness and hype of Andrew Lloyd Webber's best-loved
Finally, Speakeasy recreates the jazzy, boozy, sexy world inhabited
most frequently by Kander and Ebb.
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical) was created by the writing team of
librettist Joanne Bogart and composer Eric Rockwell, for which they were
honored with a 2005 Drama League Award for Best Musical and 2004 Drama Desk
Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Music and Best Lyrics. In addition,
they received a 2004 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Best Musical.
The cast includes Michele Craig, Lindsay Foreman, Kurt Gillins, and Zachary
Gipson. Pam Spitzner will be featured on piano.
The 4th Street Theatre is at 125 N Fourth St, Chesterton. Tickets to The
Musical of Musicals (The Musical) are on sale now. All tickets are $18
and can be purchased by call the 4th Street Theatre box office at