The Annual Waa-Mu Show

The Annual Waa-Mu Show

The 87th Annual Waa-Mu Show
Directed by Stephen Schellhardt
Artistic Direction by David H. Bell

May 4 – 13, 2018
Cahn Auditorium
600 Emerson Street

Our story begins in the late 19th century New York City. Days before opening, a failing melodrama finds itself in need of an overhaul. Simultaneously, a Parisian ballet troupe is left without a theatre in the wake of a devastating fire.

Racing against the clock and praying for a miracle, the troupes decide to combine their talents and create a new show with song, dance, and drama.

Against all odds, this ragtag group of artists learn to work together and create not only the very first American musical, but a spectacular hit.

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!

Wee-Mu 2018
Hosted by Ryan T. Nelson, School of Communication
Presented in partnership with Imagine U
Saturday, May 12 at 11AM
Cahn Auditorium | 600 Emerson Street

Back by popular demand, Imagine U and The Waa-Mu Show present Wee-Mu 2018! With lights, costumes, song and dance, award-winning Northwestern faculty member Ryan T. Nelson and members of The Waa-Mu Show will lead young audiences through the process of putting together a brand new musical! Come behind the scenes of “the greatest college show in America” for special interactive access with the cast, crew, and creative team of this year’s Waa-Mu Show: MANHATTAN MIRACLE. This playful and fun-filled hour at Cahn Auditorium is geared for young audiences and their families and will feature hands-on demonstrations about musical instruments, choreography, and singing.

Tickets: $5/each
Recommended for ages 5-13yrs old.
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Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, May 12 at 2:00PM
A screen located above the proscenium will present dialogue and lyrics in sync with the performance.

Performance Schedule
Friday, May 4 at 7:30PM
Saturday, May 5 at 7:30PM
Sunday, May 6 at 2:00PM
Thursday, May 10 at 7:30PM
Friday, May 11 at 7:30PM
Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 & 7:30PM
Sunday, May 13 at 2:00PM

Ticket Pricing
Adult – Tier 1 $30
Adult – Tier 2 $25
Seniors (62+) $22
Area Educator $22
NU Faculty/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
Tickets are nonrefundable after final purchase.
Exchanges are available. An exchange fee of $3.00 is applied per ticket.

Tier 1 = main floor and balcony center sections; Tier 2 = main floor and balcony side sections.

Tickets available online now!

Join us for the traditional Wildcat Opening Night on Friday, May 4 at 7:30PM.  Get 50% off Tier 2 seats with the code WILDCAT.  Limit four per order and must be purchased in advance.  Discount is not available at the door. Subject to availability.

Open Captioned Performance
Saturday, May 12 at 2:00PM
A screen located above the proscenium will present dialogue and lyrics in sync with the performance.