“It’s a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical,” says Kyle Schulte, director of [title of show], this season’s final TheatreXtra production. “This is the first time TheatreXtra has put on a musical, so we’re all thrilled to be a part of this show.” Playing March 3 through 5 in the David Spinks Theatre at 8 pm nightly with a 2 pm matinee March 5, [title of show]’s catchy music and eccentric cast promises to leave an impression on audiences.
[title of show], an off-beat comedy written by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell, premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in September 2004. After running with great success Off-Broadway in 2006, [title of show] ran at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway in 2008.
“I was already a fan of the show and knew the music well,” says Schulte, a third-year drama major. “When the performance rights were released, I jumped at the chance to present on here.” With 19 pieces of music including 14 songs, putting together a musical in four weeks is a challenge that would make any director’s head spin. “This has really been a collaborative effort,” he says. “It’s a musical about students putting on a musical, and so far, this has been a great fit for our cast and crew, and works perfectly with TheatreXtra’s mandate.”
In addition to the challenges of directing the play, a musical adds more. “There are two more elements in this show: choreography and music,” he adds. “It’s been so much fun to direct.” With quirky songs such as “Two Nobodies in New York,” “The Tony Award Song,” and “Die, Vampire, Die!” audiences can expect a contemporary, funny night of musical theatre. “I liked that the themes of the musical were very similar to my own life,” he says. “This show is relevant to students, and we know the audiences are going to love it too.”
Tickets to TheatreXtra’s hilarious finale production of the season are available at the U of L Box Office or by calling (403) 329-2616. Tickets are $15 regular, $10 for students and seniors. Note: Mature Content.