The OC gets ‘Musical of Musicals’

Tuner will have a nine-week run through Sept. 4

The Laguna Playhouse kicks off its 2005-2006 Mainstage season July 5 with the West Coast preem of “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical,” currently having an acclaimed Off Broadway run.

Satirical tuner, by Eric Rockwell and Joanne Bogart, tells the same story five times, each in the style of a particular Broadway giant: Sondheim, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman and Kander & Ebb. Tuner will have a nine-week run through Sept. 4.

The theater’s 85th year of continuous operation continues with the Southern California premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s comedy “Bad Dates” (Sept. 13-Oct. 16), about a shoe-obsessed professional woman who re-enters the dating scene after many years away.

The Playhouse then will produce its fourth U.S. premiere by Irish comedy writer Bernard Farrell, Christmas farce “Many Happy Returns” (Nov. 15-Dec. 18) which debuted at Dublin’s Gate Theater in November.

The first Orange County presentation of “2 Pianos 4 Hands” rings in the New Year in a Jan. 3-Feb. 5 engagement. Created by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt, it’s a comic tale of two boys with one goal: concert piano stardom.

From Feb. 14-March 19, in time for awards season, it’s the West Coast preem of Mitch Albom’s Hollywood-themed comedy “And the Winner Is.” Oscar-nominated movie star Tyler Jones wakes up in a strange bar where time has no meaning and nothing is as it seems.

Bryony Lavery’s “Last Easter,” about four London theater folk who take a wild road trip to Lourdes to try to cure an ailing friend, has its West Coast preem April 18-May 21.

The season concludes with the West Coast debut of “The Sleeper,” a comedy by Catherine Butterfield about a housewife’s torrid romance with a man she begins to suspect is not who he seems.

The latest work from “Late Nite Catechism” co-creator Maripat Donovan, “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” (written with Jane Morris and Marc Silvia, who directs) will have a limited holiday run. “Late Nite Catechism” runs most Monday nights as an additional special offering.

For information and tickets, call (949) 497-2787 or visit http://www.LagunaPlayhouse.com.

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