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Sedos brings The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) to the Bridewell Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEDOS is presenting The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) at the Bridewell Theatre from February 25 to February 29, 2020.

In what is described as an hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim.

The basic plot: June is an ingenue who can’t pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue?

The variations are: a Rodgers and Hammerstein version, set in Kansas in August, complete with a dream ballet; a Sondheim version, featuring the landlord as a tortured artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge for not appreciating his work; a Jerry Herman version, as a splashy star vehicle; an Andrew Lloyd Webber version, a rock musical with themes borrowed from Puccini; and a Kander and Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago.

Maximising the opportunities of the five musicals within a musical, the team on this Sedos production have been joined by three guest choreographers. Danielle Capretti, Mary Bennett and Olivier Namet are working under expert guidance of Deborah Lean to bring the five styles to life as they make their choreography debuts for the company.

Director Emma J Leaver said: “This show is incredibly silly; however the silliness covers up its cleverness. It is a show for both those who love musicals and those who do not. The joy for the cast, crew and audience is in watching the actors switching between genres and characters in a mad-cap but controlled style. A fun night out that will bring a smile to your face.”

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) has music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogat and book by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogat.

The cast includes Laura Ellis (as June), Penny Rodie (Abby), Joe Dickens (Billy) and Daniel Saunders (Jitter). Ensemble members are Lucy Spreckley and Alex Yelland.

The production has lighting by Martin Walton, sound by Henry Whittaker, costume design by Frederica Byron, set construction by Stuart Massey and photography by Michael Smith and Adrian Hau. Assistant director is Chris Foxwell.

Tickets: £15.50 – £24. To book, visit sedos.co.uk/.

Times: 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.