Spoofed in "Musical of Musicals, the Musical" at MCCC's Kelsey
Theatre Aug. 14-23
center stage in the hilarious spoof, "The Musical of Musicals:
The Musical," coming to Mercer County Community College's Kelsey
Theatre. The Pennington Players presents this affectionate satire
on Fridays, Aug. 14 and 21 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Aug. 15 and 22
at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Aug. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre
is located on the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton
Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night
performance on Aug. 14.
First presented Off-Broadway in 2005, with music by Eric Rockwell
and lyrics by Joanne Bogarte, "The Musical of Musicals"
pays tribute and pokes a little fun at old Broadway. In each scene,
four actors recreate roles typically found in Broadway shows: the
hero, the villain, the ingénue and the matron.
in "Musical of Musicals" are, from left,
Katie Sheffer-Vicari, Rachel Tovar, Andrew Young,
Talia Shumsonk, Vicky Czarnik and Dave Destro.
Photo by Krese Juraga.
to the show's director, Kyrus Westcott of Hamilton, all the scenes have
roughly the same plot: "I can't pay the rent!" This traditional
melodramatic storyline echoes the popular musical Rent, while other references
draw on such classics as Oklahoma and The King and I, and more contemporary
musical megahits like Chicago, Cats, A Chorus Line and Evita. Musical
numbers parody the styles of various American and British composers, including
Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman and Andrew Lloyd
Featured in the cast are: David Destro of Polonia as Willy; Vicky Czarnik
as Abby; Andrew Young as Jitter; and Katie Sheffer-Vicari as June. The
ensemble includes Talia Shumsonk and Rachel Tovar. In addition to direction
by Westcott, the production staff includes producer Frank Ferrara, musical
director Wayne Irons and choreographer Talia Shumsonk. According to Westcott,
the cast is highly talented, very theatrical and "a joy to work with."
Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for students. Free
parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Free parking is available
next to the theater. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides
assisted listening devices upon request.
Kelsey Theatre has announced its 2009-2010 season. Tickets for subscription
packages offering savings of up to 45% are now on sale. Tickets for all
individual shows go on sale August 25. Learn more here.
For more on events at Kelsey Theatre visit:
Visual and Performing Arts Workshops
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