The Musical of Musicals… The Musical will have its regional UK premiere this November.
The piece, which has previously run in London and off-Broadway, will play at Liverpool’s The Hope Street Theatre from 16 November to 27 November.
Liverpool’s very own Eithne Browne best known for her role as Chrissy Rogers in hit TV series Brookside will be headlining production, the first for newly formed Laffan Productions which is helmed by professional actor and director Sharon Byatt.
Written by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart, The Musical of Musicals…The Musical! is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form.
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 & 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 & Ebb version, set in a speakeasy in Chicago.
Joining Eithne Brown in the cast will be Tori Hargreaves (Blood Brothers, Soho Cinders), Dominic Treacy (The History Boys), John-Paul Briss (Peaky Blinders, Mamma Mia!) and making her professional stage debut will be Amy Leek who has recently graduated from The Liverpool Theatre School. Musical Direction comes from Jordan Alexander (The Buddy Holly Story – UK Tour)
The Musical of Musicals…The Musical! can be booked online at www.hopestreettheatre.com
Director and Producer Sharon Byatt is thrilled to be launching her new company with this show.
She said: “Musical Theatre has always been a major part of my life and to be able to launch my new company with a show that pays homage to so many of the greats of musical theatre was the perfect fit.
“I am delighted to have Eithne headline our brilliant company, she brings so much warmth and generosity of spirit into everything she does and I can’t wait to see what magic happens in the rehearsal room with her. I am thrilled that the whole company of The Musical of Musicals…The Musical! are from Liverpool or have a distinct connection to the city.
“Laffan Productions have an ambition to showcase the immense talent the region has to offer and this magnificent company will do just that.