UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S STUDENT
MUSICAL THEATRE ORGANIZATION
Announcement from the MUSKET Team:
It is with a heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of The Wiz on March 20th, 21st, and 22nd in response to the spread of COVID-19 and the University policies surrounding this pandemic. There are many different obstacles and curveballs we face with every production we produce but we do not believe anyone could have prepared us for the shock and disappointment that accompanied this news. However, we as a community must prioritize our public health and we cannot continue to put on this show without risking the safety of our company members and patrons. We hope you can all understand our concerns.
We regret deeply the loss that will be felt due to this decision, and wish you all could see the product of the months of hard work that were put into creating this beautiful and inspiring show. Though we have hope of finding a means to still make the production available to be seen, the possibility of this occurring remains uncertain. Regardless of what the future holds, we thank you all for your support of The Wiz throughout this process and for always believing in the MUSKET Dream.
The MUSKET Team
November 22nd - 24th, 2019 - Power Center
Music & Lyrics by Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere
Directed by James Harbaugh
Music Directed by Andrew Gerace
A group of high school seniors at a Catholic boarding school face issues of sexuality and personal identity as they struggle to figure out who they are.
March 20th - 22nd, 2020 - Power Center
Music & Lyrics by William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls
Directed by Vincent Ford Jr.
Music Directed by Julian Goods
This beloved musical sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul music.
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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