The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell. It is structured into five acts, each of which is a short musical parodying (and paying homage to) the style of a related group of American or British musical theatre composers, all dealing with roughly the same classic melodrama plot: "I can't pay the rent!"<!-- Is there an actual connection to Rent? See talk page -->
The musical premiered off-Broadway in 2003 at the York Theatre. It again played off-Broadway in 2005 at the New World Stages V (Dodger Stages) with the same cast. It also had a production on London's West End, in Australia (Canberra - 2009 and Feb 2010) as well as numerous productions in U.S. regional theatres and in Canada.
Each musical features four players who reprise similar archetypal melodrama roles in each.
The villain, "Jitter" - Male, the landlord figure of each musical who demands the rent be paid or another form of recompense offered.
The hero, "Billy" - Male, the leading man and romantic interest who, in the end, valiantly offers to pay the rent, whether he can or not.