Actors' Summit Theater announces the regional premiere of "Musical of Musicals (The Musical)."

The play will have a preview performance May 24, and will play through June 10 at Actors' Summit Theater in downtown Hudson. The play is performed Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

"Musical of Musicals (The Musical)" is five musicals in one, each with the same plot but done in the style of a different famous Broadway composer. Rodgers and Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, and Kander & Ebb. The plot is the old melodrama standby: "You must pay the rent." "I can't pay the rent." "I'll pay the rent for you."

The five short musicals are:

* Corn -- in the style of Rodgers & Hammerstein paying tribute to "Oklahoma!," "Carousel," "The Sound of Music," "South Pacific," and "The King and I."

* The Woods - in the style of Stephen Sondheim paying tribute to "Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods," "Sunday in the Park with George," and "Company."

* Dear Abby - in the style of Jerry Herman paying tribute to "Hello Dolly," "Mame," and "La Cage aux Folles."

* Aspects of Junita - in the style of Andrew Lloyd Weber paying tribute to "Evita," "Phantom of the Opera," "Cats," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Starlight Express," and "Sunset Boulevard."

* Speakeasy - in the style of Kander and Ebb paying tribute to "Cabaret," "Chicago," "The Rink," and "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

The cast

Each cast member plays the same role in each of the musicals. MaryJo Alexander portrays the wisdom of the mature woman -- Abby; Kathleen Culler plays the ingénue June; Joe Bishara plays the landlord, Jitter; and Keith Stevens plays the heroic Willy.


Tickets are $25 on Fridays and Saturdays, $22 on Thursdays and Sundays. College students and seniors receive a $4 discount at all performances. Students under age 18 are admitted for half price. Season subscriptions and Discount Coupons are now available. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.

Tickets can be purchased by phone by calling 330-342-0800.

Actors Summit Theater can be found on the web at Actors' Summit is a professional, not for profit, 501-c-3 professional arts organization. The theater is seeking volunteers and board members. For details, call MaryJo or Neil at 330-342-0800.