Great show tunes and rising young talent, who could ask for anything more?
You'll get all that and more in The 2014 BFA Broadway Musical Showcase on Monday, April 21, when the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents a song-filled fundraiser live from the Heritage Center Theatre. The showcase, conceived by the multi-talented Brad Carroll, is a celebration of the Broadway songbook, featuring selections from Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning score for Follies and his Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday in the Park with George. From the theatre’s past, there will be songs from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s romantic charmer She Loves Me, Maury Yeston’s Tony Award-winning score for Nine, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s robust Paint Your Wagon, Frank Loesser’s popular musical comedy How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Cy Coleman and Dorothy Field’s rousing Sweet Charity. The current theatre season is represented with a song from the smash hit adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Off-Broadway is represented by selections from the popular revue Closer Than Ever and the recent cult show Dogfight.
Proceeds from The 2014 BFA Broadway Musical Showcase, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will go toward a scholarship fund for students in SUU’s Theatre Arts program.
The 2014 musical showcase performers include SUU student actors and singers who have appeared in a variety of Theatre Arts productions in recent years, including Bat Boy The Musical, CHICAGO The Musical, A Christmas Carol On The Air, The Fantasticks! and Little Women The Broadway Musical, to name a few.
Alumni from SUU's theatre arts program have entertained audiences around the country in a variety or touring productions. Others have graced such distinguished stages as the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Utah’s Pioneer Theater, Chicago’s Shakespeare Theatre and Goodman Theatre, California’s La Jolla Playhouse and PCPA Theaterfest, and New England’s Ogunquit Playhouse and, of course, Broadway. In 2013, alumna Keala Settle received a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination for her work in Hands on a Hardbody. Settle is currently delighting audiences with her acclaimed performance as Madame Thénardier in the new reimagined revival of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Misérables.
This fundraiser marks Brad Carroll’s last event as artist-in-residence for SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Carroll has staged staged the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s highly successful Les Misérables and Anything Goes. Within the College of Performing and Visual Arts, Carroll has also worked on SUU’s productions of Into The Woods, Godspell, Little Women The Broadway Musical, CHICAGO The Musical, Bat Boy The Musical and the popular holiday favorite A Christmas Carol On The Air, which he originally co-created with Peter Sham, director of theatre arts, for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. In summer 2014, Carroll directs the Festival’s Comedy of Errors. Later this summer, Carroll returns to California’s Central Coast to assume an artistic leadership position at PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria.
All seats are $5 at the door only and the proceeds go to benefit the Theatre Arts’ BFA Scholarship Fund. Support young talent by attending a great evening of musical theatre highlights. Don’t miss The 2014 BFA Broadway Musical Showcase. All seats are $5 at the door only. For information visit suu.edu/pva/arts.