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The Annual Waa-Mu Show


The Cutting Room Floor Cabaret

Thursday, May 30 at 8PM
Mussetter-Struble Theater
1949 Campus Drive, Evanston

Throughout the process of putting on The Waa-Mu Show each year many student writers create songs that, for one reason or another, don’t make it into the final show.  New this year, The Waa-Mu Show is pleased to present “The Cutting Room Floor,” a cabaret style performance featuring the student written songs that didn’t make it into the this year’s production.  As we strive to make every voice heard, we are pleased to share these exciting and talented musical numbers, along with a few Waa-Mu classics, in a fun cabaret style evening hosted by the 2019 Co-Chairs!

General Public $10
NU Student $6/Adv, $10 Door
General Admission Seating
Runtime: 60mins with no intermission

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May 3 – 12
Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson Street, Evanston

Directed by Stephen Schellhardt
Associate direction by Amanda Tanguay

The 88th Annual Waa-Mu Show presents:


A Chicago journalist embarks on a project to chronicle the lives of three of history’s most incredible women including groundbreaking mathematician Gene Grabeel, French swordwoman and opera singer Julie D’Aubigny, and early Civil Rights leader Ida B. Wells. Though these women dedicated their careers to changing the world, their stories have almost all been erased from historical record. Now one woman’s quest to reveal their lives will end up shaping her own. Inspired by incredible true stories, this year’s Waa-Mu show FOR THE RECORD asks how can we learn from our past in order to create a more enlightened future?

The women depicted in our production include:

Gene Grabeel (1920 – 2015) was an American home economics teacher-turned-mathematician and cryptanalyst who founded the Venona Project. Grabeel’s work directly helped uncover a Russian mole in the Manhattan Project, the U.S. government’s operation that created the atom bomb during World War II.

Julie D’Aubigny (1673 – 1707) was a bisexual French swordswoman and opera singer who dueled her way through Paris society and fought sexism on the opera stages. When Julie’s female lover was sent to a nunnery by her family, D’Aubigny helped her escape by faking her death and setting the nunnery on fire.

Ida B. Wells (1862 – 1932) was a Chicago-based investigative journalist, educator and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Wells centered her life around combating prejudice and violence, specifically documenting the resurgence of lynchings in the United States in the 1890s, and she eventually helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The 88th annual Waa-Mu Show announces theme, new writing process.
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The Waa-Mu Show is Northwestern University’s own original musical, written, performed, and presented by Northwestern students.

The Waa-Mu Show’s quirky name stands for the two organizations that banded together to present the first show in 1929, the Women’s Athletic Association (W.A.A.) and the Men’s Union (M.U.). Since then, Waa-Mu has become a virtual institution for budding young theatrical talent. As Northwestern’s oldest theatrical tradition, The Waa-Mu Show provides undergraduates with the unparalleled opportunity to create an original musical each year. Students serve as leaders in every aspect of development from conception through production to create a show exploring themes and stories that inspire us as college students, challenge us as musical theatre artists, and engage us with our surrounding communities.

The Waa-Mu Show strives to place itself at the forefront of new musical theatre writing, continuing to push the limits of the “greatest college show in America” (Associated Press).

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In order to put on the Waa-Mu Show every year, we rely on the generosity and support from our Waa-Mu alumni, supporters, friends and family. Your support will directly contribute to the Waa-Mu Show and thus support the creative efforts of our actors, producers, marketers, crew, and entire team!

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