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Gordon Murray Cast in Laguna Musical of Musicals

Mary Gordon Murray, who is perhaps best known for playing the Baker's Wife during the original run of Into the Woods, has been cast as one of the four principals in the Laguna Playhouse's production of The Musical of Musicals, which will run from July 5th to September 4th, with opening night set for July 9th.  Alli Mauzey, Jeffrey Rockwell and Brent Schindele comprise the rest of the cast.

The satiric show, which is directed and choreographed by Pamela Hunt and features musical direction by Eric Rockwell, is launching its nationwide tour at the theatre in Laguna Beach, CA before
hitting Philadelphia's Prince Music Theatre in October, 2005.  The Musical of Musicals will then play the Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables, FL, and the San Francisco Playhouse in spring of 2006, in addition to a number of other cities.  The creative team, as is New York, will consist of Mary Jo Dondlinger (lighting), John Carver Sullivan (costumes) and James Morgan (sets).

Gordon Murray's other Broadway credits include Play Me a Country Song, the 1982 revival of Little Me (for which she received a Tony nomination), I Love My Wife and The Robber Bridegroom.  Mauzey made her Broadway debut as a replacement Brenda in Hairspray, while Rockwell has appeared regionally in City of Angels, Guys and Dolls and The Fantasticks; he is also the composer/lyricist of such shows as The Last Metro and Dandelion Wine.  Schindele has starred in regional productions of Meet Me in St. Louis and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,
among others.

With music by Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart, and a book by both, The Musical of Musicals currently runs at Dodgers Stages Stage 5 (340 W. 50th Street); the show premiered at the York Theatre Company, but transferred upon its success. The Musical of Musicals sharply but affectionately skewers the trademark musical conventions in the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander and Ebb as a single plotline is threaded through the sounds of each.

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