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  • SUU's Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance Presents Broadway Musical Showcase Fundraiser
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    Published - 04/07/14 - 01:48 PM | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Samantha Smith performs in BFA Broadway Musical Showcase. SUU photo
    Samantha Smith performs in BFA Broadway Musical Showcase. SUU photo
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    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - A song-filled fundraiser that combines great show tunes and rising young talent, who could ask for anything more? SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents Live from the Heritage Center Theater: The 2014 BFA Broadway Musical Showcase for one performance only on Monday, April 21, 2014. The performance begins at 7:30pm and takes place at Cedar City’s Heritage Center Theater. All seats are $5 at the door only and the proceeds go to benefit the Theatre Arts’ BFA Scholarship Fund. The highly entertaining evening has been conceived and created by the multi-talented Brad Carroll, who staged Utah Shakespeare Festival’s highly successful Les Misérables, Anything Goes and SUU’s acclaimed productions of CHICAGO The Musical and Bat Boy The Musical.

    A celebration of the Broadway songbook, the concert features 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.

    This fundraiser marks Brad Carroll’s last event as Artist-in-Residence for SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. During his tenure and as a guest artist for the College of Performing and Visual Arts, Carroll has 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. Carroll has been a vital presence at the Shakespeare Festival serving in various capacities ranging from composer to director to music director to performer for such diverse productions as Les Misérables, Anything Goes, Scapin and most notably for his score to Lend Me A Tenor The Musical. Recently Carroll was on his toes as the scene-stealing Wicked Stepmother in Cedar City’s Junior Ballet production of Cinderella. 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.

    The performers for this fundraiser include SUU student actors and singers who have appeared in a variety of Theatre Arts productions including Bat Boy The Musical, CHICAGO The Musical, A Christmas Carol On The Air, The Fantasticks! and Little Women The Broadway Musical to name only a few. The cast features Holly Barrick, Amanda Dayton, Josh Durfey, Sceri Ivers, Grayson Moulton, Glen Reber, Samantha Smith, Alec TerBerg, Tatem Trotter, Christopher Whiteside, Jane M. Wright as well as additional performers.

    Proceeds from The 2014 BFA Broadway Musical Showcase go to a scholarship fund which directly benefit students in SUU’s Theatre Arts program. Our alumni from the program have entertained audiences around the country in a variety or touring productions. Others have graced such as 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 then there is 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.

    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 www.suu.edu/pva/arts.

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