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Our Laguna: Looking ahead to their greatest hits

November 10, 2011|By Barbara Diamond
(Photo by Donna Gee )

"Lagunatics," which wound up its 19th season with a gala performance Oct. 30, is already looking ahead to the 20th anniversary of the "Roast of the Coast," which will reprise the greatest hits in the show's history.

Everybody has a favorite they would like to see included. Selections will be culled from the master list of every show in the possession of "Lagunatics" founder Bree Burgess Rosen.

"When we did the 10th anniversary 'Greatest Twits,' I whittled the list down to 38, but it needed to be 26," Burgess Rosen said.

She asked for advice, and when she got it, the number increased to 44.

Burgess Rosen has a number of favorites, but two that stand out are "In the Nude," sung to Glenn Miller's "In the Mood," from the 2010 show and the Girl Scout number performed the year the City Council proposed the sale of the Girl Scout House property and hit a buzz saw of objections.

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She loves the drag numbers, particularly "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got that Schwing)," parodying the 1931 Duke Ellington standard of almost the same title.

Burgess Rosen's husband, Leon Rosen, maintains that much can be learned about Laguna's history from the show's scripts.

Councilman Kelly Boyd would like to see Damita Crivello's "Down in Laguna Today" in next year's show.

"I always thought that it should be the last song in every show," Boyd said.

Ann Johnson, who loved "Chicago" on stage and on film, would like to see the parody on the Bob Fosse kick-off tune repeated.

Arts Commissioner Pat Kollenda member of the Festival of Arts and Laguna Sister Cities Assn. boards and perennial performer in "Lagunatics," doesn't think one of her favorites will make the cut because it is no longer on the front page.

"The funniest thing I ever heard was the 'Do You Want to Know a Secret' duet sung by Bree and Roxana Ward," said Kollenda. "Bree played Monica Lewinsky eating handfuls of junk food, and Roxana had a great big flower on her outfit with a boombox" — a send-up of Linda Tripp taping Lewinsky's confidences about her extracurricular activities at the White House.

Kollenda tap danced with others in stained blue dresses.

Laguna College of Art & Design board member Terry Smith will always remember "The Very Model of a Modern City Manager," parodying Gilbert and Sullivan's "I am the Very Model of a Model Major-General."

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