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2008 Waa-Mu Show Takes Audiences to New York, L.A. and Chicago

May 2, 2008 | by Judy Moore
Video: Watch "Bright Lights. Big City." a number from the 2008 Waa-Mu Show "Skylines."

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University's 2008 Waa-Mu Show "Skylines" will focus on the East Coast, West Coast and Midwest as it follows recent Northwestern graduates to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

In a tapestry of big city settings and musical styles the show is filled with original songs, sketches and dances and covers a wide range of subject matter from New York subways to the joys and woes of being a Chicago Cubs fan.

Performances of the 2008 Waa-Mu Show will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4; 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7; 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8; 8 p.m. Friday, May 9; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., on the Evanston campus.

A special Mother's Day Brunch, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., will be held prior to the May 11 matinee, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Ave., Evanston. Members of Northwestern's senior class will perform songs from the show. The brunch is open to the public and tickets are $37.

The annual student- and alumni-written show -- now in its 77th year -- features a cast of 38 student performers and is being directed for the 15th consecutive year by Northwestern theater faculty member Dominic Missimi. Missimi directed the highly-praised musical production of "Les Miserables" which runs through May 11 at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. His wife Nancy served as costume designer for "Les Miserables" and is also designing costumes for the 2008 Waa-Mu Show.

"This year's 'Skylines' visits three great cities that have been stomping grounds for a number of Waa-Mu shows," said Missimi. "Many of our past Waa-Mu shows have featured countless songs and sketches in New York City. My sixth Waa-Mu Show was set entirely in the Big Apple. As for Chicago, many Waa-Mu shows have enjoyed spoofing our favorite Chicago institution, the Cubs, a tradition we enjoy repeating this year. And in a school (Northwestern's School of Communication) that has an enormous roster of alumni who are Hollywood stars, how could we not have visited LaLa land on innumerable occasions?"

Northwestern senior writer Dan Green has created two of Missimi's favorite moments in the 2008 show, "The Fan's Lament" and "Purple Coast," which are musical salutes to the ever-faithful Chicago Cubs fans and to Northwestern's many famous alumni connections in Los Angeles. In addition to the Cubs and Wrigley Field, other Chicago institutions -- the Art Institute, Navy Pier, a Chicago street scene, the Magnificent Mile and the Chicago transit system – will be the focus of Waa-Mu sketches this spring.

"It's the students who keep Waa-Mu fresh with new twists on old ideas," said Missimi. "There also is a lot of great talent on stage every year. One of this year's cast members, senior Morgan Karr, joins the cast of the eight-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical 'Spring Awakening' this summer, and one of last year's co-chairs, Nancy Braun, is currently performing on Broadway in the smash hit 'Gypsy' with Patti LuPone."

Missimi describes this year's production as "family friendly."

Tickets to the show range in price from $11 to $27. Call (847) 491-7282 to purchase tickets by phone or for information about the May 11 Mother's Day Brunch.

Tickets and audio clips of songs from the 2008 Waa-Mu Show "Skylines," are available online at http://www.waamu.northwestern.edu.
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