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'The Musical of Musicals (The Musical):' Encore performances at Theatre Memphis

 (l to r) Brennen Villines, Jude Knight, Kent Fleshman and Amy Polumbo Nabors are back to recreate the musical parody The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis.
(l to r) Brennen Villines, Jude Knight, Kent Fleshman and Amy Polumbo Nabors are back to recreate the musical parody The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis.
Production photo credit: Skip Hooper

"The Musical of Musicals (The Musical)," which played to sold out audiences in November 2013, returns to the Theatre Memphis Next Stage on Jan. 10 -19, 2014. Randall Hartzog, Director of Marketing and Communication of Theatre Memphis authorizes the following press release.

"The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart, makes a return engagement January 10 – 19, 2014 at Theatre Memphis on the Next Stage. The November production sold out and this encore presentation will feature the same cast .

A tongue-in-cheek, perfect take on popular musicals, this five act, sometimes over-the-top production parodies popular Broadway shows and is a hilarious send-up of all the inside jokes we know and tunes we love about and from renowned Broadway composers and lyricists including Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jerry Herman.

Returning in the cast are Kent Fleshman, Jude Knight, Amy Polumbo Nabors and Brennen Villines who will re-enact their respective characters. Each performer handles a range of well-known situations from shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Oklahoma, Cabaret, Mame and Into the Woods, to name a few. The entire show is structured to be performed 'in the style of'' the creators while paying homage to their body of work.

Theatre Memphis Executive Director Debbie Litch says there is merit to bringing back popular shows. 'The one thing we like about bringing shows like this back is that we know we are going to be giving our patrons something that they will really enjoy. This isn’t a guessing game when a production has already proven itself. This show is even fun for people who don’t like musicals because it makes fun of itself and its genre.' As reviewed in The Commercial Appeal in November, 'If you love musical theatre, or even if you love to hate it, this is a treat.'"

The location of the Theatre Memphis Next Stage is 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, Tennessee 38117. Show date and times are January 10 -19, 2014 at 7:30pm Thursdays, 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. They can be purchased on-line at Theatre Memphis, or at the box office (901-682-8323).

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