Crazed Competitors

The husky voice of Lauren Bacall greets those entering the Duplex Theatre to see the Emerging Artists Theatre's current offering, the biting backstage spoof TONYLUST: The Broadway Bloodbath of 2006. That in itself offers a clue as to what audiences are about to see. Those connected to the show could have played a more famous, equally relevant number, like "There's No Business Like Show Business" from Annie Get Your Gun or "Putting It Together" from Sunday in the Park With George or one of several songs from The Producers. Instead, they opt for the lesser-known "Welcome to the Theatre," sung by Bacall in Applause, and the message is clear: TONYLUST is a show for New York theater purists. Outsiders can turn around at the door.

Razor-sharp and lightning fast, TONYLUST

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