Craig: ‘The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!),’ more
Zachary Gipson and Kokandy Productions will present the smart and funny musical “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)” at Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater from Aug. 16-Sept. 1.
Directed by Gipson, the show will feature Michelle Gustin Craig, Lindsay Forman, Kurt Gillins and Gipson.
Pam Spitzner will be featured on piano.
The show takes one simple plot and examines how five of Broadway’s most famous composers and composition teams might approach it.
The Rodgers & Hammerstein-inspired segment “Corn!” features not only an “Oklahoma!”-inspired dream ballet but also a “Sound of Music” Mother Abbess 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 conceptual pieces.
In “Dear Abby,” Jerry Herman’s penchant for showy star vehicles and life-affirming themes is served up with aplomb.
Meanwhile, “Aspects of Junita” sends up the showiness and hype of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best-loved spectacles.
Finally, “Speakeasy” re-creates the jazzy, boozy and 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.
The musical won a 2005 Drama League Award for best musical and 2004 Drama Desk Award nominations for best musical, best music and best lyrics.
In addition, the show received a 2004 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for best musical.
“The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) ran off-Broadway for 583 performances and also was performed in London’s West End.
The 4th Street Theater is at 125 N. Fourth St., Chesterton. Reservations or information: (219) 926-7875, 4thstreetncca.org.
‘Arsenic and Old Lace’
The Genesius Guild has announced the cast for its upcoming production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.
Directed by Larry Hinken, the cast includes LuAnne Pezel, Jerry Golvidis, Charles Remmers, Brandon Nyte, Paul Smith, Lisa Remmers, Kristi Peterson, David Long, Marshall Crick, Matt Byerly, Ezra Edwards, Jay Glanotti, Dan Ball and Tom Byerly.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” is a classic stage comedy that involves two older ladies who help elderly roomers to their eternal rewards.
Meanwhile, their brother, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt, digs locks for the Panama Canal in the basement.
Their nephew tries to deal with all of this when he makes an unexpected discovery in their living room.
The show will run from Sept. 27-Oct. 6 at First United Methodist Church of Hammond, 6635 Hohman Ave. Reservations or more information: (877) 724-7715, genesiusguild.com.
Bob Craig is a local freelance writer.