After the popularity of 2015 & 2016's BROADWAY TODAY, Megan McQueen and Cameron Lang have slated an evening of 22 varied selections from 19 musicals that played Broadway within the last year.
This year's production includes a cast of over 50 people, ranging from students of the current NMSU musical theatre course to community members who have rich performing histories in Las Cruces and beyond. The evening includes the sensational David Cunniff, Mark Klett, and Diane Schutz on piano, and the reputable treats of Roanna St. Clair and the Alma d'arte culinary students.
Reserved first floor seating is $20, and both balconies are general admission for $15 each. We are setting up a box office specifically for this event which will be open in the lobby of the Center for the Arts 1 hour before each performance of NMSU Theatre's Truth Dare... (those performance times are listed here: http://www.nmsutheatre.com/201617_truth_dare.php) or by phone 575-646-5952 or in person from 2-6pm March 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th, and 10th
As the event is being produced to raise funds for the American Southwest Theatre Company, we are seeking sponsors for the musicals we are presenting. For a gift of $100, sponsors will receive:
Shows still availabe for sponsorshop are listed below with the titles highlighted. Please call 575-646-5952 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to be a sponsor.
AMERICAN PSYCHO - Sponsored by Dr. Stephanie Taylor Daniela Castorena, Melis White, Sarah Sue Jones, Amanda Ronquillo, Asiah Thomas-Mandlman, and Marybeth Torres of the current NMSU musical theatre course will strut their stuff as fashionistas in a totally '80s "You are What You Wear." This fun score was written by Duncan Sheik who composed Spring Awakening.
BRIGHT STAR - Sponsored by Department Head Wil Kilroy Recent graduates Joey Rodriguez ('16) and Lila LeCuyer ('15) offer a sweet, romantic duet with a country feel from this understated musical written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
CATS - Sponsored by Barb & Irv Ross Recent graduate Laura Mae Dille ('16) and senior Miranda Lukens will embody mischievous cats "Mungojerrie and Rumpleteaser" with Laura Mae's choreography (In case you forgot how fun it was in Drowsy Chaperone, click here.)
FALSETTOS - Sponsored by Watersmart Landscaping Favorites of local stages Brandon Brown, Marjorie Booth, and Matt Esqueda will present the comical "Everyone Hates His Parents." (Click here to be reminded how great Brandon was in his solo last year.)
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - sponsored by Bill and Julia Brogan Just after the fifth Broadway revival has closed after introducing a new generation of musical lovers to the show, we have the great treat of the UTEP Dinner Theatre's recent outstanding Tevye, Danny Lopez singing "If I Were a Rich Man."
HAMILTON - Sponsored by Lundeen Inn of the Arts It may be impossible to get a ticket for this current cultural sensation, but you can at least hear three outstanding songs from this thrilling musical presented by a mix of students and community members. "Alexander Hamilton" will include Mark Kitanga, Nico Holguin, Mario Ragazzone, William Allen, Anton Ragas, Sante Guajardo, Yamilex Holguin, Alex Wheeler, Cindy Pitts, Alexa Johnston, and choreographer Karlos Saucedo. Joey Rodriguez ('16) and Nico Holguin ('16) will offer "Dear Theodosia" and Daniela Castorena will perform "Burn."
JERSEY BOYS - Sponsored by Dr. William Storm The fun and fabulous college men will have a good time closing the show with some hits that just finished rocking Broadway for eleven years: "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," and "Walk Like a Man."
LES MISERABLES - Sponsored by Phil Benson This enormously popular show seen by over 70 million people in 42 countries closed it's second revival on Broadway this year. A group of young men will sing the rousing "Red and Black" for you this year.
MATILDA - Sponsored by David & Ilene Steele Palma Tavenner, Violet Griffin, Mattelyn Dell, Bethany Hayes, Torrie Hughes, and Heather Hosford of the current NMSU musical theatre course will threaten some youngsters with warnings of how awful Trunchbull will be in phys ed in "School Song." This number is thrillingly clever and playful.
MOTOWN - Sponsored by Norman Todd Back by popular demand after putting her spin on "Natural Woman" last year, sassy songstress Marybeth Torres will rock "Dancing in the Street."
NATASHA AND PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 - Donna & Harry Stryker After giving a stunning performance of "I Will Never Leave You" from Side Show in 2015 and a beautiful duet from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" in 2016 both with her sister Aylin, Melis White breaks out on her own with the intimate "No One Else" from this gorgeous new score.
SCHOOL OF ROCK - Sponsored by Studio A440 Based on the zany Jack Black film, the offering from this musical will feature quite the cross-section of wonderfully talented students from all over town being led by Cameron Lang (who was so much fun as Trunchbull in 2015 and King George in 2016).
SHE LOVES ME - Sponsored by Janet McQueen After the thrill of so many soaring soprano notes from Amanda Bradford in 2015 with "A Gentleman's Guide..." selections and last year's fun offering from On the Town, Amanda will charm with the glorious "Vanilla Ice Cream" from this delightful musical by the same team that wrote Fiddler on the Roof.
SOMETHING ROTTEN - Sponsored by Cathy & John Boeker This quirky, Shakespeare-laden joke fest just closed after earning two years of non-stop laughs on Broadway. Musical theatre student Torrie Hughes (Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone) will offer the playful "Right Hand Man."
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE - Sponsored by Deborah Storm It's no secret that Megan McQueen is a Sondheim junkie, so she will take a moment away from her duties as emcee to present "Everybody Loves Louis" from this current revival of a Sondheim fantasy on George Seurat.
THE COLOR PURPLE - Sponsored by Steve St. John This incredibly moving story was transformed into a 2005 musical that has become a showcase for phenomenal black singers. Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, and LaChanze are a few of the powerhouse women who have sung the principal roles. Happily, Asiah Thomas-Mandlman (who performed "Our Prayer" from this show last year) will join with Marybeth Torres to ask "What About Love?"
THE KING AND I - sponsored by Denise Welsh: This gorgeous Rodgers and Hammerstein classic recently ended a large Broadway revival. NMSU music grad Amanda Ronquillo ('16) will offer the beautiful "My Lord and Master."
TUCK EVERLASTING - Sponsored by Chuck & Sally Bisbee This favorite tale of endless youth was adapted to the musical stage this past year. After recent performances in "A New Brain" and "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," the delightful Xodia Choate will perform as "Good Girl Winnie Foster."
WAITRESS - Sponsored by Ed Aylesworth Based on the independent film of the same name, outstanding songsmith Sara Bareilles has crafted an impeccable, moving musical including the show stopping "She Used to Be Mine" which will be offered by the incredible Della Bustamante (who you may remember from her appearances in DIVAS in 2011, 2012, and 2013.