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The 93rd Annual Waa-Mu Show: TAKEN AWAY, A Musical Trilogy

Apr. 26 – May 5, 2024

Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 28 at 2 pm
Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 5 at 2 pm

Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson, Evanston

Recommended for age 12 and up
Run Time: 100 minutes, one intermission
Audience Advisories: Strobes, loud sounds


  • Location: The orchestra pit, right in
    front of the stage: chairs at small
    cabaret tables.
  • Pricing: $30
  • Availability: Seating is limited, s
    o seize this opportunity!


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Masks Recommended, No Longer Required for Wirtz Center Audiences

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  • Location: The orchestra pit, right in front of the stage: chairs at small cabaret tables.
  • Pricing: $30
  • Availability: Seating is limited, so seize this opportunity!

The 93rd Annual Waa-Mu show, Taken Away: A Musical Trilogy, is a unique presentation of three original short-form musicals, connected by the theme of loss and the poignant exploration of something being taken away. 

The Art of the Heist is a supernatural tale that follows an artist who must steal back the last portrait of her late lover.  Stolen Thunder reimagines a Greek myth, portraying an epic struggle for power between Zeus and Athena. In A Bird’s Song, you’ll be transported to a whimsical forest-surrounded town outside reality where melodies have transformational consequences. 

The Waa-Mu Show is undergoing a transformative shift in its approach to its creative development and faculty mentorship. Under the guidance of Professors Tommy Rapley and Ryan T. Nelson, the Waa-Mu student writers and ensemble cast have collaboratively shaped an emotionally resonant and visually spectacular production that will captivate audiences with its multifaceted exploration of loss and resilience.

Now in its 93rd year, the Waa-Mu Show, Northwestern’s oldest theatrical tradition, provides undergraduates with an unparalleled education in new musical theatre development. More than 100 students participate yearly as producers, writers, and performers in creating an original musical that inspires audiences, challenges the artists involved, and engages the surrounding communities. 

About Waa-Mu

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).

For more information about this year’s production and those involved, visit


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!