The musical Genius takes place in 1962 and revolves around Leander Starr, a legendary, slick, charming, egotistical, movie director who hasn’t had a hit in way too many years. On the lam from the IRS for his flagrant tax evasion, he escapes to Mexico City to hide at a Casa filled with rich, bored vacationing expats. It is there that he meets, writer Patrick Dennis, whom he convinces to write the screenplay for his big comeback. Now he just needs a cast, crew, producer, money and a camera.
Maddening, unscrupulous, yet utterly likeable Leander Starr and his band of eccentric characters are determined to make it happen. What ensues is a hysterical social satire that both lampoons and pays homage to the entertainment industry.