Jason...I am bias towards a Pitts...I own one, a S2B that it is for sale but at $85K firm.....You can compete from Primary up to Advanced in it...Ask Rob Bond. ...forget about unlimited!
If I had to start all over again and $60K was my budget I will buy me another Pitts...the laser 200 and the Yak 55 are nice aircraft, however the yak 55 is expensive to own and you have to adhere to the experimental Exhibition category certification....(a Pain in the A....) if you ask me.. (lots of it involved including reporting to the FAA every year) as for the laser...I have no experience.
Unless you are super talented the Pitts S1S, S2A, S2B will be more than enogugh for many years to come. If you want to go experimental, go with a Christen Eagle. all the aircraft are within your budget except the S2B
If a monoplane is a must at tha price, i will go with the One Design DR107. Donny E Bond in NC has a few for sale in Barnstormers.
Learn to fly in one of this acro rides and move accordingly.
Have fun in your journey and please dont become another statistic. Fly safe with at least 1,500 feet below you at all times..
Remember...you need to crawl before you learn to walk, you have to walk before you can run...Easy steps! and hire an aerobatic instructor! Do Spin and Emergency recovery procedures training too!