Enjoy the Broadway Spectacle of 42nd Street at SUU

Published: April 04, 2019 | Read Time: 3 minutes

SUU's production of 42nd StreetSUU’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance is presenting 42nd Street on April 12, 13, 15, 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 and 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Randall L. Jones Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for alumni with card, and $7 for youth. SUU faculty, staff, and students can get in free with a valid ID card. Tickets can be purchased at the America First Event Center Box Office, at the door the night of the performance, or online at www.suu.edu/pva

Lisa Quoresimo, director of 42nd Street, tells, “This is an ideal show for SUU’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. We have so many great tap dancers and singers among our students. On faculty we have the marvelous, magical Kay Andersen, who is capable of creating the most exciting, challenging choreography, and also of bringing the students along to the point where they can master it. Mostly though, the sheer joy of musical theatre, which is a huge theme in the show, is something every single one of these students brings into the room with them, and that is making the show an absolute delight to work on and to watch!”

This American musical has music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, with the book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. It is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes, with original direction and dances by Gower Champion, and was originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick. SUU’s production is directed by Lisa Quoresimo, with choreography by Kay Andersen, Brandon Grayson as music director, and New York based, Jeff Savers, as the guest music director. 

Ian Allred, a senior musical theatre major from Scottsdale, Arizona, explains, “This is a show about community and how a single, seemingly unimportant person can have a lasting positive effect on the lives of those around them. It is also a celebration of musical theatre itself, so if you love theatre, tap dancing, comedies, or just overall being happy and enjoying yourself, this is right up your alley. As Julian so aptly observes in Act 2, ‘Musical comedy are the two most glorious words in the English language.’” 

Kenna Fullmer, a sophomore musical theatre major from Salt Lake City, Utah, says, “My favorite part of the rehearsal process has been working with amazing mentors. I love them all and have learned so much from them in the short time that we’ve worked together.” 

Lena Conaster, a junior at SUU from Layton, Utah, shares, “This production has taught me that even in the depths of despair and when nothing is going right, we can find comfort in each other and help each other along to achieve all our goals. It’s such a fun show. It is light hearted and triumphant and I guarantee you will leave the theatre feeling like ‘a raw beginner can be a winner’!”

Enjoy the memories of old time Broadway musicals with 42nd Street playing April 12, 13, 15, 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. and April 13 and 20, 2019 at 2 p.m. For more information about the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/ta.

About the College of Performing and Visual Arts

The College of Performing and Visual Arts (CPVA) at Southern Utah University comprises 26 academic programs including liberal arts (BA/BS) and professional (BFA, BM) degrees in art, design, dance, music and theatre. It includes graduate programs in the fields of arts administration (MFA, MA), music education (MME), and music technology (MM). More than 60 full-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring nearly 700 majors in the College. CPVA presents over 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year and is affiliated with the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Center for Shakespeare Studies. Southern Utah University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD), National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, visit www.suu.edu/pva.

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