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  Sierra Boggess ('04) will return to Broadway this spring in a new musical helmed by Tony and Emmy Award winner, David Hyde Pierce.  Joining Sierra in the cast are Tony Winners Harriet Harris and Tyne Daly, and David Burtka (husband of Neil Patrick Harris). 

The show, entitled It Shoulda Been You, is a hilarious and heartwarming story of a Jewish bride about to marry her Catholic fiance and the clash of cultures that ensues. 

Read more at Playbill.com
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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


 

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. 


It is Passover, 1865. The Civil War has just ended, and Confederate officer Caleb DeLeon returns to Virginia to find his home destroyed, his family missing, and only two former slaves remaining. Badly wounded, Caleb must depend on the two men, Simon and John, to save his life. The three men wrestle with their shared past, their uncertain futures, and the bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning, and as the sun sets on the last night of Passover, bitter secrets and painful truths burst to the surface in this haunting and powerful play.

The Department of Theatre and Dance opens its 2014-2015 season with Mathhew Lopez's The Whipping Man in collaboration with the Millikin Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement.   This Civil War era drama brings to focus issues of race and religion that are every bit as prevalent today as they were in 1865.  Join us October 8-12 in Albert Taylor for this powerful drama.  Following the performance on Thursday evening, October 9th, the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement will be hosting a post-show discussion with the cast and creative staff to examine topics presented in the play.

For tickets and show times see our official show site - The Whipping Man


"I am so thrilled about performing at Millikin," Sierra says, "This is something that I have been wanting to do for such a long time.  I want to give back to the
school that gave me so much, and the fact that
they need a theatre building was a huge incentive to get me there." 
 
Millikin Alum, Sierra Boggess will return to campus Homecoming weekend to give a one-night-only concert entitled Part Of OUR World.  Sierra was most recently seen as Christine Daae in the Broadway production of The The Phantom of the Opera, starring opposite Broadway's first African American Phantom and The Little Mermaid co-star, Norm Lewis. 

Featuring a 26 piece orchestra and the musical theatre majors of the class of 2015, Part of OUR World will be an evening especially crafted for the Millikin/Decatur audience and will include numbers from her sold out, critically acclaimed cabaret, Awakening, performed last fall at New York's 54 Below.  Proceeds from this performance benefit the New Center for Theatre and Dance.

We hope you can join us for Part of Our World.  Tickets are available at the Kirkland Ticket office.  www.kirklandfinearts.com 

Enhanced ticket packages are available including a
Post Concert Dessert Reception with Sierra.

Make a Donation to the New Center for Theatre and Dance


 
   
Cassidy Stirtz, who graduated from Millikin in 2010 with a BFA in Acting, has recently joined the Broadway National Tour of the Tony Award winning musical, Once.  Once is the story of two people who rediscover joy through their mutual love for music.  In this critically acclaimed musical, the actors accompany themselves on stage for a unique theatrical experience of music, movement and story telling.   Cassidy joins the company as an understudy.  The Department of Theatre and Dance congratulates Cassidy on this exciting career development. 
String, by Adam Gwon and Sarah Hammond and presented on the Millikin Mainstage last season, will be featured at the 26th Annual National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival in New York City this October.  Additionally, New Musicals Workshop guest artists, Michael Kooman and Christopher Dimond, writers of Golden Gate, which was also featured on the Millikin Mainstage, will present their new musical, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes.  The DOTAD extends a big congratulations to Adam, Sarah, Michael and Christopher. 

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193070-NAMT-Taps-Musicals-by-Adam-Gwon-Breedlove-and-Kooman-and-Dimond

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  Clinton Sherwood recently made his Broadway Debut in The Book of Mormon.  Clinton will be with the Broadway company for 2 months before becoming the On-Call Swing for both of the national touring companies of The Book of Morman.  The DOTAD extends a big congratulations to Clinton!   


Catch a glimpse of Elle Woods and her friends as they rehearse for Legally Blonde the Musical.  Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance April 4th, 5th, and 6th.  Ticket information is available at www.kirklandfinearts.com
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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

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