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July 29, 2014

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Three times a ‘Musical’

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Erika Courtney

It’s a musical… of musicals.

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  • What: The Musical of Musicals: The Musical
  • When: 8 p.m., March 19 and 20; 2 p.m., March 21
  • Where: UNLV's Black Box Theatre
  • Cost: $15; unlvtickets.com
  • For more information: 895-2787

Gleeks, show queens and folks who just like musical theater a lot: The Musical of Musicals: The Musical is for you. The melodramatic plot is shamelessly primitive: Threatened by her lustful landlord, ingenue June can't pay her rent–will the handsome leading man come to the rescue?

But as with many musicals, the story is just a framework for the songs—in this case, a mashup of five original mini-musicals, each performed in playfully parodic homage to the instantly recognizable style of an iconic Broadway composer. Getting affectionately tweaked: the homespun hokum of Rodgers & Hammerstein ("Corn"), the anthem-addicted divas of Jerry Herman ("Dear Abby"), the gaudy grandiosity of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the skin-deep stylishness of John Kander and Fred Ebb, and the angsty self-seriousness of Stephen Sondheim.

The off-Broadway hit has been adapted and directed by Josh Penzell, a UNLV MFA student, who beefed up the Nevada Conservatory Theatre cast, and calls Musical "a smart show."

"It's just not especially deep," he laughs.

— Originally published in Las Vegas Weekly

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