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2013-2014 Opera & Musical Theatre Series



Susannah   Opera by Carlisle Floyd
Co-directed by Guest Artist Samuel Ramey & Marie King
Oct. 17-19 at 7:30 pm and Oct. 20 at 2:00 pm
Miller Concert Hall

Based on the biblical tale of Susannah and the Elders,  Floyd sets his American opera in the Appalachian mountains, using musical idioms ranging from simple folk tunes to soaring Puccini-like melodies.  Susannah is a young girl living in an isolated area falsely accused of being a slut. Preacher Blitch comes to demand that she repent but she refuses.  He then seduces her and is horrified to find that she is innocent.  Olin Blitch is one of Samuel Ramey’s signature roles and in addition to co-directing the opera will portray Blitch in alternate performances. This production coincides with Mr. Ramey’s 2013-14 residency at WSU. (Rating  PG)

Guys and Dolls
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser, 
Book by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows
Directed by Guest Director Wayne Bryan
Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 pm,  Nov. 10 at 2:00 pm
Wilner Auditorium

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City,  this  classic musical has been a favorite of audiences since it opened on Broadway in 1950.    With an immortal score by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling’s fast-paced book,  this romantic comedy is considered the perfect musical comedy by many.  The legendary characters include:  Sarah Brown, the uptight “mission doll”, set out to reform Sky Masterson, the high-rolling gambler and Adelaide, the long suffering fiancé of Nathan Detroit and an ensemble of other engaging characters who inhabit this world from Times Square to the cafes of Havana to the sewers of New York.  (Rating  G)


Music by Jeannine Tesori,
Book & Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Directed by Guest Director Stephen Kopel
March 6-8 at 7:30 pm,  March 9 at 2:00 pm
Wilner Auditorium

Set in 1964 in the deep south during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement,  Violet follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman accidentally scarred by her father as a young girl.   One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 90’s, Violet astounded critics and audiences with its powerful story and energetic score.  (Rating PG)


Die Fledermaus (The Revenge of the Bat)
by J. Strauss and M. Halelvy
Sung in German with English dialogue and titles
Directed by Marie King
April 10-12 at 7:30 pm,  April 13 at 2:00 pm
Miller Concert Hall

One of the most popular operettas of all time, Die Fledermaus has everything needed for a great evening’s entertainment:  wonderful characters, a truly funny book, and music that bubbles along like champagne.  Hilarious complications ensue, but there’s never a doubt that all will end on an up-note.  (Rating PG)