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Waa-Mu Show Road Map: 1929 To Present

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April 4, 2006 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The following timeline highlights the historical moments of Northwestern University’s student musical revue -- the Waa-Mu Show. The 2006 Waa-Mu Show “Jubilee!” (April 28 to May 7) at Cahn Auditorium will be the 75th edition.

1929 “Good Morning Glory,” the first Waa-Mu Show, presented by the Women's Athletic Association (W.A.A.) and the Men's Union (M.U.); the brainchild of Phi Theta Delta members Darrell Ware and Joe Miller and directed by Miller

1935 “Good News,” the first Broadway musical produced by Waa-Mu instead of an original show

1936 For the first time Waa-Mu abandons the book musical in favor of a revue format

1937 Renowned critic Walter Kerr supplies book and lyrics for “Don’t Look Now!”

1938 Waa-Mu produces its second Broadway musical, “Of Thee I Sing,” with chorus member Tony Randall

1939 Lloyd Norlin writes his first songs for Waa-Mu

1941 “Wait A Minute!” is the first show performed in the new Cahn Auditorium; Lloyd Norlin's "Out of Silence" appears in film "All American Coed" and is nominated for Best Song of the Year at the Academy Awards

1943-45 Waa-Mu suspends performances during World War II years

1946 “Here We Go Again” features Cloris Leachman

1947 “Break The News” features Charlotte Rae and Paul Lynde

1949 “What’s The Rush?” features Claude Akins

1950 “Look Who’s Talking” features songs by lyricist/composer Sheldon Harnick

1951 “That Reminds Me” premieres two hit songs. "Back in the Old Routine" by Wilson Stone, later recorded by Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor; Lloyd Norlin's much loved "To the Memories." McLean Stevenson plays an Army captain and a naval commander in the show.

1953 “Reach For The Sky” features Inga Swenson

1954 “Sea Here!” features Broadway playwright George Furth

1956 Warren Beatty appears in skit "Wigwam Wooing of Wigawama" in “Silver Jubilee”

1957 “Caught In The Act” features Nancy Dussault, Ron Husmann and Penny Fuller

1958 “Sing No Evil” features the music of Broadway composer Larry Grossman

1960 Ann-Margret dances in the ensemble of “Among Friends”

1961 “Don’t Make A Scene” features Tony Roberts and Karen Black

1964 “Something In The Wind” features material and performance by Tony Award-winning director and Northwestern faculty member Frank Galati who was then a student

1969 “Present Tense” features Shelley Long

1976 “That’s The Spirit!” Tom Roland becomes second director of the Waa-Mu Show

1977 “Wild Onions” features Gregg Edelman

1981 “To The Memories,” the 50th Anniversary show, brings back famous alumni as special guests

1987 “With A Twist” features Brian d'Arcy James

1993 Waa-Mu produces its third Broadway musical, “On The Town”

1994 “Lost And Found” features Tony Award-winning Heather Headley; Dominic Missimi becomes third director of the Waa-Mu Show; and conductor John Paynter, a 46-year veteran of Waa-Mu, conducts his last show

1999 “New York, NU York” features Miss America 1998 Kate Shindle, Waa-Mu Co-Chair; second act of Waa-Mu is tribute to Waa-Mu alumni who have starred in Broadway productions

2001 “Sorry, We’re Booked” celebrates 50th Anniversary of "To the Memories" and mourns the passing of Lloyd Norlin; 70th Anniversary of Waa-Mu

2006 “Jubilee!” celebrates 75th production in Waa-Mu history