Eight to be Inducted Into Waa-Mu Show Wall of Fame April 28April 4, 2006 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- As part of Northwestern University’s celebration of the diamond anniversary of the famed Waa-Mu Show, eight alumni who have contributed to the excellence of the show during its past 75 years will be inducted into the Waa-Mu Wall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at an April 28 Gala dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Orrington Hotel in Evanston. The gala is sold out.
The 10 scheduled performances of the Waa-Mu Show “Jubilee!” (April 28 to May 7) are open to the public.
By opening night, individual plaques featuring the etched images of the following individuals will have been permanently mounted to the wall of the Cahn Auditorium lobby, 600 Emerson St., Evanston campus, the long-time home of the Waa-Mu Show:
Kenneth Cornwall -- Cornwall was involved with more than 40 Waa-Mu productions. A 1958 graduate of the School of Communication, Cornwall served as Waa-Mu scenic designer (1958 to 1984 and 1997 to 2000), sound engineer (1961 to 1975), special effects coordinator (1984 to 1993) and technical director (1994 to 1996), while serving year-round as technical director of Cahn Auditorium.
Larry Grossman -- Grossman wrote songs for the 1957 through 1960 Waa-Mu shows as a Northwestern student and continued to contribute songs to the student musical comedy after his 1960 graduation from the School of Communication. He composed the scores for the Broadway musicals “Minnie’s Boys,” “Goodtime Charley,” his Tony Award-nominated scores for “Grind” and “A Doll’s Life,” and the off-Broadway hit “Snoopy.”
Sheldon Harnick -- Tony Award-winning songwriter Sheldon Harnick, both on- and off-Broadway (“Fiorello,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “She Loves Me” and “The Apple Tree”), composed songs for the 1947 through 1949 Waa-Mu shows as a School of Music student. He continued to contribute material as an alumnus. Harnick attended Northwestern on the GI Bill. One of the main reasons he chose Northwestern was the Waa-Mu Show.
Joe Miller -- The late Joe Miller was a senior in the Medill School of Journalism and a veteran of several campus theatre productions when he and fellow Phi Delta Theta member Darrell Ware teamed up to write the script and stage the first Waa-Mu Show, “Good Morning Glory,” in 1929. To help finance the production, they raised $1,200 by borrowing $5 each from interested students. After graduation, Miller was hired as Northwestern’s director of student affairs and went on to serve as associate dean of students and dean of special events in addition to directing the Waa-Mu Show each year. He retired in 1975, after directing the first 44 Waa-Mu productions.
Lloyd Norlin -- The late Lloyd Norlin first participated in Waa-Mu as a stagehand in 1938 and contributed his first songs to the show the following year. He continued to write songs for Waa-Mu as an undergraduate and graduate student, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1941 and master’s degree in 1942 from the School of Music. The versatile musician later became an instructor in the School of Music’s composition department. During his three-decade association with Waa-Mu, he wrote the words and music for “To the Memories,” one of the most beloved Northwestern songs.
John P. Paynter -- The late John P. Paynter attended the School of Music at Northwestern, where he played clarinet in the Waa-Mu orchestra. After earning his bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a master’s degree in 1951, he was appointed to the faculty as assistant director of bands. Two years later, Paynter succeeded Glenn Cliffe Bainum as director of bands (1953 to 1996) and, in spring 1954, as Waa-Mu conductor and musical director. Paynter’s last Waa-Mu Show was 1994’s “Lost & Found.”
Tom Roland -- Roland performed annually in Waa-Mu during the four years he earned his bachelor’s degree from the School of Communication. He returned to Northwestern in 1975 to serve on the theatre faculty and to succeed Joe Miller as director of special events and to become the second director of Waa-Mu. As a performer, Roland has been seen on the stages of Marriott’s Lincolnshire, Chicago Shakespeare, Second City, Victory Gardens, Goodman, Steppenwolf and Briar Street theatres.
Wilson Stone -- Composer and lyricist Wilson Stone contributed songs to Waa-Mu throughout his Northwestern days and beyond, beginning as a freshman in 1946. During his days with Paramount Pictures, he contributed music and/or lyrics to such films as “Shane,” “Sabrina,” “War and Peace,” “The Desperate Hours, “The Buster Keaton Story,” “Three Ring Circus,” “The Bridge of Toko-Ri,” “The Far Horizons,” “Strategic Air Command “ and “Mambo.” His stage credits include the Martha Raye musical “Hello Sucker” and the London hit “The Black and White Minstrel Show.”
The 2006 Waa-Mu Show “Jubilee!” will be performed at Cahn Auditorium at 8 p.m. Friday, April 28; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30; 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 4; 8 p.m. Friday, May 5; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6; and 2 p.m. Sunday May 7.
All Tier 1 seats for the Waa-Mu Show are $27; and Tier 2 seats are $21 for the general public, $17 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students and children in Tier 2.
To order tickets to the Waa-Mu Show by phone, or for more information, call the Theatre and Interpretation Center Box Office at (847) 491-7282 or visit the Waa-Mu Show Web site at <www.waamu.northwestern.edu/2006>.