The Annual Waa-Mu Show
The Annual Waa-Mu Show
The 87th Annual Waa-Mu Show
Directed by Stephen Schellhardt
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!
The Waa-Mu Show: MANHATTAN MIRACLE Sneak Peek
Wednesday, March 7 at 5PM
Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater
1949 Campus Drive, Evanston
Join us for a behind the scenes look at this year's Waa-Mu Show! Hosted by faculty member and Waa-Mu Artistic Director David Bell, you are invited to witness the energetic and exciting collaborative process of creating this year's show, MANHATTAN MIRACLE. Be the first to preview new songs from the show, and learn what it takes to write an all-new musical in just one year. Light refreshments will be provided.
The Waa-Mu Show: MANHATTAN MIRACLE Sneak Peek Wednesday, March 7 at 5PM Hal & Martha Hyer Wallis Theater 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston FREE TO ALL. Space is limited. RSVP TODAY! Join us for a behind the scenes look at this year's Waa-Mu Show! Hosted by faculty member and Waa-Mu Artistic Director David Bell, you are invited to witness the energetic and exciting collaborative process of creating this year's show, MANHATTAN MIRACLE. Be the first to preview new songs from the show, and learn what it takes to write an all-new musical in just one year. Light refreshments will be provided.
FREE TO ALL. Space is limited.
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.
Recommended for ages 5-13yrs old.
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
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.