UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S STUDENT
MUSICAL THEATRE ORGANIZATION
WINTER PRODUCTION ANNOUNCEMENT
BRIGHT STAR tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the 1920s and ’40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives.
Propelled by an ensemble of storytellers and musicians, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.
MUSKET will be presenting BRIGHT STAR: THE CONCERT VERSION in a filmed format to be streamed through BookTix.
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Directed by Drake George
Music Directed by Eric Banitt
Premiered on Youtube on December 10th 2020
After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, NEWSIES tells the story of Jack Kelly and his fellow newsboys, and how they take action. With the help of a journalist, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of unity. NEWSIES is based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899.
Founded in 1908 as the Michigan Union Opera Company, MUSKET was once a small, all-male theatre troupe that specialized in presenting works written by University of Michigan students. Later realizing the irreverent nature of their gender limitations, the organization shifted its focus in 1956 to include students of all genders and changed their name to "Michigan Union Shows, Ko-Eds, Too", or MUSKET for short. With this shift also came a change in the organization's content - instead of producing student written operettas MUSKET began presenting Broadway-style musicals, a tradition that has lasted over 50 years.
Today, MUSKET has become an integral part of the University of Michigan experience. Whether it be as an actor on stage, a crew member behind the scenes, or an audience member in the distinguished Power Center venue, there are many opportunities for University of Michigan students to become involved. Each year, MUSKET presents two musical productions: one in the fall semester and one in the winter semester. MUSKET has presented a wide variety of shows ranging from classics like WEST SIDE STORY and OKLAHOMA to more contemporary works such as HAIRSPRAY and RENT and continues to explore ways in which quality theatre can be presented to the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor community. MUSKET is also proud to lay claim to many alums working in the industry, such as Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Jack O'Brien, Andrew Lippa, and many more. We invite you to check out one of our upcoming productions and be a part of this historic tradition!
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530 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109