It’s Laguna Beach -- the musical, the spoof, the roast and the
town’s favorite show every year -- it’s “Lagunatics.”
“Lagunatics,” in its 10th year, was started by Bree Burgess Rosen
and her husband Leon.
“It started because my husband and I were adding a balcony to our
home and went through the classic Laguna Beach design review,”
Burgess Rosen said.
They thought it would be fun to do something about Laguna Beach.
“That night my husband and I came up with the idea of
‘Lagunatics,’” Burgess Rosen said. “I will never run out of material.
We don’t make this up it’s real.”
“Lagunatics” pokes fun at Laguna Beach and the issues that face
“The source of material constantly presents itself and represents
itself with reoccurring themes such as parking, water pollution,
traffic and the meter maids,” Burgess Rosen said.
This year is called “Lagunatics to the 10th Power, Greatest
Twits,” and will be filled with old favorites and recapture some of
the most hysterical moments with a bit of new twists on some current
It stars people’s neighbors, friends and members of the community.
Among one of the funnier moments was the first drag number, which
happened by accident in 1997.
Because of an emergency, one of the actresses couldn’t go on stage
so Paul Leighton, who co-wrote, directed and choreographed the show
that year, took her place, fitting nicely into the sequin dress. They
were doing a spoof on artist Wyland -- singing to the tune of
“Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets.” The words were changed to “Whatever
Wyland Wants, Wyland gets.”
“Paul Freeman was on the stage and the two ‘girls’ came out.
Freeman was on the desk and starts singing and doing the tango with
Lisa and turns to Paul and it was so funny,” Burgess Rosen said.
He performed and left his dignity at the door explained Burgess
“Paul did it for the rest of the run,” Burgess Rosen said. “Our
guys really do sing, do drag -- straight guys, crooked guys --
they’re so great, funny. It’s tons of fun.”
Burgess Rosen went through the years talking about the numbers,
the songs, the camaraderie.
She said that this year is going to be a small-scale spectacle
over the top.
“This year is a sparkle fest,” Burgess Rosen said. “The rule is if
you have enough sparkle add 10 more.”
Doing Lagunatics is like putting together a puzzle, making use of
people, groups, numbers, solos, duets and trios.
“Lagunatics” spoofs current events and news.
“Steve Dicterow has played Elian Gonzales; Margo Burgess -- Janet
Reno; Michael O’Malley Castro,” said Burgess Rosen. “We do goofy
In 1999 they spoofed the building of the Toll Road and during the
Monica Lewinsky scandal Jay Proskovec played Bill Clinton and sang,
“I’m Just a Guy Who Can’t Say No.”
They’ve poked fun at the Pageant, Treasure Island and polluted
Aliso Creek Beach with the song, “You Give Me Fever.”
Nothing is off limits. It’s the show for Lagunans by Lagunans.
Proceeds from “Lagunatics” benefit No Square Theater.
For tickets or information, please call 497-2584 or go online to