The Penn State School of Theatre will present the 2015 Broadway On Allen series in collaboration with FUSE Productions and the NU. Musical Theatre Festival in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center this summer. This season’s series includes FUSE’s Disney Tribute on June 10, 11 and 12; sneak-peek performances on June 17, 18 and 19 of FUSE’s upcoming production of "Les Misérables"; and preview performances of the Penn State NU. Musical Theatre Festival’s 2015 season on June 24, 25, and 26. All Broadway On Allen performances take place at noon and are free and open to the public.
In addition, the NU. Musical Theatre Festival’s Cabernet and Cabaret performances will feature a salute to new musical theatre works on June 12, and special guest Nicole Johndrow and her critically acclaimed show "Mixtape Confession: The Diary of a Teenage Optimist" on July 3. Both Cabernet and Cabaret performances take place at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Penn State’s acclaimed NU. Musical Theatre Festival will then present new works in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center during the Central PA Festival of the Arts: Neil Bartram and Brian Hill’s musical adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes" at 8 p.m. July 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11; Will Reynolds and Eric Price’s, "Radioactive" at 2 p.m. July 8, 9, 10, and 11; and a double-bill of Raymond Sage, Will Reynolds, and Susan Russell’s Seeking Flight and Women: Front and Centre, developed by J. Austin Eyer and Beth Burrier, at 5 p.m. July 8, 9, 10 and 11. Admission to preview performances of "Something Wicked This Way Comes" on July 6 and 7 is free and open to the public. Performances of "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "Radioactive," and the double-bill of "Seeking Flight and Women: Front and Centre" on July 8, 9, 10 and 11 will require an ArtsFest button for admission (www.arts-festival.com).
The world premiere musical adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes comes to the NU. Musical Theatre Festival from Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, the writing team of the critically acclaimed "The Story of My Life and The Theory of Relativity." For those who still dream and remember, for those yet to experience its hypnotic power, step inside – the show is about to begin. Cooger & Dark's ‘Pandemonium Shadow Show’ has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And, two boys will discover the secret of its smoke, mazes, and mirrors; two friends who will soon know all too well the heavy cost of wishes. . . and the stuff of nightmares.
With music by Will Reynolds and book and lyrics by Eric Price, "Radioactive" is the story of the most mysterious, magical, and deadly element on the Periodic Table: radium. It’s also a love story–the love between the two scientists who discovered it, Marie and Pierre Curie. As the Curies work together to understand radioactivity and to isolate pure radium, they unlock a force that is both beautiful and frightening, that has the power to heal and the power to kill, and that changes our understanding of the universe forever.
Conceived and written by Raymond Sage, with music by Will Reynolds and script development by Susan Russell, "Seeking Flight" tells the story of one professor’s realization of the artist’s journey through a mid-life maze utilizing the words of America’s greatest playwright, Eugene O’Neill. This riveting work will be paired with "Women: Front and Centre," a look at the role of women in contemporary musical theatre, developed by J. Austin Eyer and Beth Burrier.
“We are thrilled to bring 'Something Wicked This Way Comes,' 'Radioactive,' 'Seeking Flight and Women: Front and Centre,' and the Broadway On Allen and Cabernet and Cabaret series to the community” said Raymond Sage, artistic director of the NU. Musical Theatre Festival. “I can’t wait for our audiences to experience the remarkable talent of the artists who have created the compelling new works we are offering this season, as well as the incredibly talented performing artists who will bring these works to life.”
Penn State’s NU. Musical Theatre Festival explores, encourages, and fosters new works of musical theatre by today’s progressive playwrights and composers in an educational setting, giving the students of Penn State University access to the collaborative process between the artist, the art form, and the professional world of musical theatre. The festival is an annual event that allows up-and-coming composers, lyricists, and book writers to workshop their original musical theatre pieces at the Penn State University Park Campus. Musical theatre works in development are selected each season to be work-shopped and performed as a staged reading. The performances of these works, which take place at Penn State’s Citizen’s Bank Theatre - a state-of-the-art proscenium theater in downtown State College - feature students from Penn State’s Musical Theatre BFA program and are directed and music directed by members of Penn State’s MFA directing and musical direction programs. For more information on the NU. Musical Theatre Summer Festival, visit www.numusicals.psu.edu.
FUSE Productions brings together local actors, Penn State alumni, current students, and faculty, and professional actors from around the country, creating exciting professional theater in the Centre region. Founded by Producing Artistic Director, Richard Biever, and based in State College, Pennsylvania, FUSE produces a range of works from contemporary plays like 4000 Miles to ground-breaking musicals like A Chorus Line, bringing some of the finest theatre in the area to its audiences. FUSE Productions is a sponsored artist of Fractured Atlas, a national nonprofit arts organization that supports local non-profits with business processes. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.