New Musical Theatre Festival presents three new works

March 06, 2008

The Penn State New Musical Theatre Festival, in its second season, will present three new works of musical theatre March 21-22, and March 28-29, in the Pavilion Theatre, on the Penn State University Park campus.

The purpose of the festival is to promote new works of musical theatre in a creative, educational and theatrical environment. Each musical work will have one week of rehearsal culminating in two performances (free to the public) in reading format. The composers and lyricists will be in residence at Penn State, working with Penn State students and faculty in this creative process.

The works chosen for the 2008 spring season are as follows:

-- "Tales From the Bad Years," by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, is a musical revue about people who are stuck between phases in their lives. Each song tells a story about being young, feeling old, and wanting something big. Performance dates are: 8 p.m. March 21, dress rehearsal; and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 22.
-- "Take Me America," by Bill Nable and Bob Christainson, follows nine refugees in their quest for asylum in the United States, and the three INS agents who decide their fate. Performance dates are: 8 p.m. March 28, dress rehearsal; and 2 and 7 p.m. March 29.

-- "21" is an intimate cabaret of 21 songs that celebrate the American musical theatre composers in the 21st century. Such composers as Ricky Ian Gordon, John Bucchino, Amanda Green, Georgia Stitt and Jeff Blumenkrantz will be featured. This revue will benefit the American Cancer Society. Suggested donation is $20 for adults and $10 for students. For reservations, send an e-mail with the number of tickets requested to

For additional information and submissions for the 2008-9 season, visit

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