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Kara Guy ('04) to appear in Clinton, The Musical in NYC Readings
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MU alum, Kara Guy (’04) will be appearing in the industry readings of Clinton, The Musical, in New York City this month.  These readings are part of the further development of this new work which had its Premier at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF).  Kara, an original cast member in the NYMF production, will be joined in these readings by Tony nominees, Kerry Butler and Alan Campbell, and Emmy nominee Judy Gold. 

Read more about Clinton The Musical at Playbill.com

Ian Liberto ('05) Named Dance Captain for National Tour of The Book of Morman

 

MU alum, Ian Liberto (’05) was recently named Dance Captain for the National Tour of the Broadway smash hit, The Book of Mormon.  Ian was mostly recently serving as the Dance Captain and Swing for the National Tour of Evita.  On Broadway, Ian has appeared in Chaplin, Promises Promises, How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, and Billy Elliot.  His other touring credits include A Chorus Line and Billy Elliot. 

Hal Prince and Andrew Lloyd Webber comment on Sierra Boggess's upcoming CD release

Sierra Boggess recently recorded a live album at New York's 54 Below.  The CD is set to be released in December and two of the biggest names in the history of Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Harold Prince each had something to say about Sierra's Debut CD. 

See the Broadway.com article

Drew Nellessen ('07) Returns to MU


  Theatre and Dance alum, Drew Nellessen ('07), who is currently appearing in the National Tour of Chicago, made a recent stop in Decatur between engagements in St. Louis and Peoria.  Drew met with senior musical theatre majors to discuss a variety of industry related topics and later taught a Fosse master class to students enrolled in Theatre Dance and upper level Jazz and Ballet classes.   During his visit Drew impressed upon the students how well prepared he felt upon entering the industry and how valuable his Millikin education has been to him. 

Drew has had an impressive career since graduation.  His current gig marks his third time out with the national tour of Chicago.  He has also appeared as Diesel and Riff in the international tour of West Side Story and served as the performing dance captain for the recently revised production of Good News at the prestigious Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. 

The Department of Theatre and Dance would like to thank Drew for so generously giving back to Millikin through his time, talent and insight. 


Mitch Mattson to join Roundabout Theatre's Education Team

Mitch Mattson ('04) was recently named Assistant Director of Education at the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City. A member of the League of Resident Theatres, the Roundabout has a long history of transferring shows to successful Broadway runs including, The 39 Steps, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cabaret, Anything Goes, The People in the Picture, and Picnic.  Mitch earned his BFA in Musical Theatre at Millikin and his MA in Theatre History and Theory from University of Hawaii.  He will  relocate to NY from Washington D.C. where he was the Community Programs Manager at highly respected Arena Stage. Mitch joins a long list of Millikin alumni who have left a Big Blue mark on the national theatre scene. 


MU Alumns Jake VanderLinden and Jack O'Brien will tour with Ghost The Musical
  MU Alumni Jake Vander Linden ('12) and Jack O'Brien ('13) have been cast in the National Tour of Ghost the Musical.  The tour will open in Schanectady, NY in September and will play St. Louis, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and more.  Jake and Jack will be understudying the two male leads in addition to their ensemble assignments.  We offer a huge congratulations to these fine performers and wish them well on this exciting journey! 
MU Alum Andrew Purcell ('12) dances in London
MU Alum Andrew Purcell ('12) who graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre opened at London's Sadler's Wells theatre in the Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein classic, West Side Story.  These photos were taken on location in London. 
Sierra Boggess Tours Japan with Ramin Karimloo, Lea Salonga, and Yu Shirota
MU Alum Sierra Boggess ('04) is currently appearing in Japan in concert with her former Love Never Dies co-star, Ramin Karimloo, Tony Award winner and voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's animated feature, Aladdin, Lea Salonga, and Japanese TV and recording artists Yu Shirota.    See Playbill Story:
http://playbill.com/news/article/179142-Lea-Salonga-Ramin-Karimloo-Yu-Shirota-and-Sierra-Boggess-Are-4-Stars-in-One-World-of-Broadway-Beginning-June-15
Maurice Murphy ('05) Opens in Broadway's Motown The Musical
             MU Alum, Maurice Murphy ('05) will open in the Broadway production of Motown the Musical at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on April 14th.  Maurice was most recently seen on Broadway in the musical, Leap of Faith.  Maurice made his Broadway debut in The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee.

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