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Spend a night "On the Town" at Shaw Theatre

April 4, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University Theatre presents Leonard Bernstein's irresistible musical comedy "On the Town" April 10-20 in Shaw Theatre at the Gilmore Theatre Complex.

Performances of "On the Town" at Shaw Theatre

Thursday, April 10, at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 11, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 17, at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 18, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m.

Based on the 1944 American Ballet Theatre piece "Fancy Free," this classic tells the story of three sailors on leave in New York City, running amok to find a girl and experiencing a variety of adventures in their 24 hours ashore. Choreographed by Jerome Robbins, with Betty Comden and Adolph Green collaborating on lyrics, it features the well-known "New York, New York" and "So Long Baby." "On the Town" has enjoyed multiple successful runs on Broadway and the West End, and was made into a 1949 film starring Gene Kelley and Frank Sinatra.

WMU assistant professor of theatre Jay Berkow directs the all-student cast, which includes Billy Casey, Amanda Cowper, Brynn Curry, Jana Debusk, Heather Dolan, Meagan Eager, Lars Haglund, Ethan Hedeen, Ashley Howard, Beau Hutchings, Emily Iaquinta, Patrick Keefe, Chas Lowery, Paul Luoma, Zach Martens, Tiffany McLaughlin, Melissa McKim, Nicole Miller, Julia Mitchell, Topher Nuccio, Kayla Peabody, Matt Pospechil, Michael Potsic, Sam Ramirez, Cassandra Sandberg, Hannah Schubkegel, Tony Serra, Martin Skocelas-Hunter, Ashley Travis, Sarah Waalkes and Mikey Winslow.

The creative team includes WMU students Doss Freel, scenic design; Dan Warneke, sound design; and Laura Williams, stage management. The trio is assisted by WMU faculty and staff members Tony Calucci, choreography; Matthew A. Knewtson, lighting design; Gwendolyn Nagle, costume design; and Courtney Phelps, musical direction.

Reserved seating for "On the Town" is $17, $12 for senior citizens and WMU employees, and $7 for students. Tickets are available by calling (269) 387-6222, online at wmich.edu/theatre, or by visiting the Gilmore Theatre Complex Ticket Office, Miller Auditorium Ticket Office or downtown Kalamazoo's Epic Center Box Office. Group discounts are available.

Media contact: Jason Nuzzo, (269) 387-3227, jason.a.nuzzo@wmich.edu

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