Akiko Bremar, Contributing Writer
Broadway favorites such as The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Les Misé rables and more are being brought to the University of Dallas in a unique way through the music department.
On Friday, April 26, and Sunday, April 28, the music department’s lyric theater ensemble will host this year’s second and final show, a musical revue entitled “Of Love and Friendship.”
A revue is a theatrical performance involving skits, various dances and songs.
“Revues are popularly known as having integrated several theatrical traditions within the body of a single entertainment,” said Dee Donasco, director of lyric theater. “In this case, as the director of lyric theater, I have decided to choose music representing the themes of love and friendship from popular Broadway musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Les Misérables, Jekyll & Hyde and The Secret Garden.”
The first show performed by the lyric theater ensemble this year was Menotti’s The Telephone, a comedic one-act opera. In the past, the ensemble has presented Camelot, My Fair Lady, Amahl and the Night Visitors and more. This is the first time that a musical revue will be performed at UD.
“The purpose of this event is to showcase our talented UD students who have the love and interest in music as singing actors,” said Donasco. “The purpose of lyric theater is to mold and enhance the talents of our UD students in various musical styles, such as opera, romantic and contemporary music.”
In particular, Donasco loves the way that each actor can affect the performance.
“What is special about this musical revue is that the pieces chosen were all woven to form a show in its own,” said Donasco. “Each student in the production will get to perform a solo piece encompassing love and friendship.”
The performers in the show include voice students, drama students and anyone else who signed up for lyric theater. They have spent the semester preparing for this event, learning their solo and ensemble pieces. Cherie Hohertz, assistant librarian, will accompany the performers.