The Annual Waa-Mu Show
The Annual Waa-Mu Show
The 87th Annual Waa-Mu Show
Directed by David H. Bell
May 4 – 13, 2018
600 Emerson Street
Get ready for the 87th annual Waa-Mu show spectacular, coming this spring to Cahn Auditorium!
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 waamushow.org.
David Bell (Director) is a Professor of Music Theatre and a professional director who has worked extensively all over the world — including Broadway, Off-Broadway, Carnegie Hall, The National Theatre, London's West End, The Kennedy Center, The Royal Albert Hall, Long Wharf, Ford's Theatre (Artistic Director 1983-1988), The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta (Associate Artistic Director 1992-2001), The Mongodor Theatre (Paris), The National Opera (Berlin), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), and the closing Ceremony of the Barcelona Olympics. More info.
SUPPORT NORTHWESTERN’S LONGEST RUNNING THEATRICAL TRADITION!
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!
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
Adult – Tier 1 $30
Adult – Tier 2 $25
Seniors (62+) $22
Area Educator $22
NU Faculty/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door
Tier 1 = main floor and balcony center sections; Tier 2 = main floor and balcony side sections.
Tickets available online now! Box Office Opens for Phone & In-Person Orders January 2.