Gutenberg! The Musical! and [Title of Show]
by Anthony Chase
Musicals about creating musicals have become very popular recently, and two are up and running in Buffalo right now. Gutenberg! The Musical! pretends to be a showcase for potential Broadway producers—Bert Gambini of WBFO and I joined David Butler and Tim Newell on the ALT stage to make a cameo appearance last weekend as two such producers and had a lot of fun. Now [TITLE OF SHOW], a musical about two guys trying to write an original musical in just three weeks, enters the scene on the MusicalFare stage.
The resurgence of this 42nd Street/Stage Door meta-theatricality seems to reflect the burgeoning interest of a new generation raised on overproduced high school musicals. From Drowsy Chaperone to the popularity of television’s Glee, the primitive art of theater remains a central part of our culture and a fascinatingly important rite of passage for geeks and overly intelligent misfits everywhere. It is heartening to see.
Written by Bell & Bowen and directed by Randall Kramer, [TITLE OF SHOW] stars Steve Copps, Lisa Ludwig, Michele Marie Roberts, and Marc Sacco, and will run through March 6, at MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main Street, Amherst (839-8540).
Also in this week's Theater Week: Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins, I Am a Man, Third
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