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WAITING TO BE INVITED by S.M. Shephard-Massat
September 22-October 8
It’s the summer of 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia and four middle-aged black women are traveling by city bus to a “whites only” eating establishment inside a downtown Atlanta department store. Their purpose is to “test” their newly acquired civil rights handed down by the Supreme Court outlawing segregation in eating establishments. This funny, touching play tells the story of these brave women as they prepare for their date with destiny at a forbidden lunch counter.
THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK - Book and lyrics by John Dempsey, Music by Dana P. Rowe
Three sexy witches and one lucky devil make one hell of a musical, making its regional debut at WMU! Based on the blockbuster movie of the same name, The Witches of Eastwick tells the story of three modern witches in the New England town of Eastwick where nothing ever changes. Tired of the daily doldrums of martinis and brownies, the three women use powers they never knew they had to create the man of their dreams and they get more than they bargain for.
THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller
October 27-November 5
This Tony Award-winning drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. The story focuses on a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie — it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted.
THE GAMES AFOOT a comedy by Ken Ludwig
Danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering holiday-whodunit! It is December 1936 and Broadway star, William Gillette, is admired by the world for his leading role in the play, Sherlock Holmes. He has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. THE GAME'S AFOOT is a wild and murderously funny tale - a perfect gift for the holidays!
NEXT STOP, BROADWAY! starring Stephen Wallem
November 30-December 2
The Music Theatre Performance class of 2018 will share the stage with Broadway and television star Stephen Wallem for this annual cabaret event. Stephen will work with senior Music Theatre Performance students on their NYC showcase materials leading up to a weekend of musical performances.
LUCKY STIFF - Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Music by Stephen Flaherty
January 26-February 11
Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious, murder-mystery-musical-farce. Tony Award winners Ahrens and Flaherty's first musical is jam-packed with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair! When Harry Witherspoon is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo, his mission to secure his inheritance is thrown off course by a host of quirky musical characters looking to steal his fortune.
ANGELS IN AMERICA by Tony Kushner
The New Yorker calls ANGELS IN AMERICA the most important play of the last decade. Newsweek calls it "the broadest, deepest, most searching American play of our time." Set in 1980’s New York City, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the Reagan era (set in 1985 and 1986), American history, the aids epidemic, sexuality, love, death, religion, and the meaning of community. It's the kind of theatre that takes you through a vast array of emotions and leaves you changed. The University Theatre will present only Part One: Millennium Approaches.
FISH IN THE DARK a comedy by Larry David
Told through the lense of comic genius Larry David (Seinfeld creator), this side-splitting comedy centers around Norman Drexel (originally portrayed by Larry David himself) and his family coping with a death in the family. As the family patriarch is dying and assorted family members come to pay their last respects—they squabble over everything from which son will have to take care of Mom to who gets Dad's Rolex watch. As Norman deals with loss, old acquaintances and unsettled arguments resurface with hilarious consequences.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber - Directed by guest artist Patrick Cassidy
The University Theatre is excited to welcome back 2016’s Next Stop, Broadway guest Patrick Cassidy to direct Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock opera recounting the last days of Jesus Christ.