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March 8th & 9th, 2013

Peoria Cabaret Theatre is thrilled to present the return engagement of our 2010 smash hit The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)  for ONE WEEKEND ONLY, March 8th and 9th.  The original cast is back featuring Barb Couri, Jarod Hazzard, Katie McLuckie, Mike Reams and Tony Roberts on the piano!

THE SHOW: The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about … musicals! In this comic satire of musical theatre genres, the same story is told five different ways – each in the distinctive style of a different master of the form…Rodgers and Hammerstein (Oklahoma, South Pacific), Stephen Sondheim (Company, Sweeney Todd), Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mame), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Evita), & Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). It’s Saturday Night Live meets Glee!” There is truly something in this show for EVERYONE!

Admission is $37 per person for dinner, show, tax and fees.  Doors open at 6:00PM, dinner starts at 6:30PM and the show starts at 8:00PMTo purchase your seats and view the menu, please go to or click on the microphone in the top right corner of this blog.

Check out Gary Panetta’s review of the original 2010 production here.


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Thank You For Your Support

Thanks to everyone who attended our 2010 slate of shows and cabarets.  We hope to see all of you in the future!

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Keep an eye on this blog for AWESOME future announcements.

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Peoria Journal Star Sings the Praises of “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)”

We received a stellar review from The Peoria Journal Star!  Here is a copy in case you missed it…


Five of Broadway’s signature styles get spun at the Waterhouse


of the Journal Star

Posted Mar 07, 2010 @ 07:18 PM

If you’re looking for a decent meal and sheer hilarity, you could do worse than “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” It’s running Downtown at the Waterhouse.

First staged in 2005 at New York’s Dodger Stages, “The Musical of Musicals” is the parody to end all parodies of that 20th century American art form that now – thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber – has come to acquire a distinctively British accent.

A horribly hackneyed storyline about a heroine who can’t pay the rent to an evil landlord but who is eventually rescued by a handsome hero receives five different satirical spins: in the styles of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Webber, and Kander and Ebb.

Theater insiders especially will enjoy “The Musical of Musicals.” There are allusions to “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Into the Woods,” “Hello, Dolly!” “Evita,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technnicolor Dreamcoat,” “Oklahoma!” and more. You don’t have to be a musical-theater know-it-all, however, to enjoy this piece.

Directed by Andrew Driscoll with assistance from Ed Peck, the whole thing is so lively and silly and light-hearted it’s sure to hold your attention. As much celebration as send-up, it also might tempt you to revisit all of those old chestnuts at a local community theater near you.

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“The Musical of Musicals” Opens This Friday!

Peoria Cabaret Theatre is proud to present the Central Illinois premiere of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) March 5-6, and 12-13.   The cast includes local favorites Barb Couri, Jarod Hazzard, Katie McLuckie and Mike Reams.

THE SHOW: June, an ingénue who can’t pay the rent, is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to her rescue? In an evening of variations on a theme, this basic plot is musicalized the way Rodgers and Hammerstein might have envisioned it, taking place in Kansas in August, complete with a Dream Ballet. The story is then done in the style of Stephen Sondheim, featuring the landlord as a tortured, artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge because they don’t appreciate his art. When presented in the style of Jerry Herman, the story becomes a splashy star vehicle, while the Andrew Lloyd Webber version is a rock musical, with borrowed themes from Puccini. The story is re-told one last time in the style of Kander and Ebb set in a speakeasy in Chicago.  “It’s Saturday Night Live meets Glee!”   There truly is something for everyone in this show!  

Admission is $35 per person for dinner, show, tax and gratuity. The menu for this show features Kahlua pulled pork, The Waterhouse chicken (boneless breast of chicken served in a creamy white wine sauce with mushrooms), pasta primavera, tossed mixed greens salad, smashed potatoes, glazed baby carrots, buttered corn, and dessert.

Doors open at 6:00PM for dinner and the show starts at 8:00PM.  Call (309)494-9100 for reservations.  Show only seats (if available) can be purchased at the door for $15pp starting at 7:30pm the evening of each performance.  No advance reservations available for show only seats

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VIP Members Know the “Secret” to Getting a Great Deal!

Barb Couri, Mike Reams, Katie McLuckie and Jarod Hazzard

Barb Couri, Mike Reams, Katie McLuckie and Jarod Hazzard in The Musical of Musicals

PSST!  Want to know the secret to getting great seats and special deals?  Then join the Peoria Cabaret Theatre’s VIP Email Group!  Just go to our website and click on the VIP link in the bottom right corner. 

Submit your information and we will send you the Secret Discount Phrase.   Use this phrase when making your reservation for the opening weekend of The Musical of Musicals to receive a great deal!  You will also have access to the best seats available!  (The Secret Discount Phrase offer is valid for the March 5th and 6th performances ONLY.) 

 Your membership also gives you access the latest info, email alerts when a show is coming up, and the ability to reserve your seats to future shows before the general public!

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Did You See Our Billboard?

Have you noticed something new in the Peoria sky?  We were able to buy three billboard ads for The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!).

 These billboards are hanging in three locations in Peoria, Sheridan and Knoxville;  Jefferson and McArthur (across from Club Apollo); and Prospect and McClure(across the street from the Glen Oak Zoo). 

If you are in their neighborhood take a look (and then come see the show!)

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The Musical of Musicals is Cast!

We are excited to announce the cast and crew for
The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)

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