WMU Theater

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Writer and theater critic Gordon Bolar (and a former general manager of WMUK) finds much to be hopeful and excited about in the rich world of West Michigan live theater. In a conversation with Cara Lieurance about the 2018-19 season, Bolar says we live an unusually supportive theater community that offers opportunities to participate at all age levels. Here are the productions he picked as his most-anticipated shows of the fall.


WMU Department of Theater

Many factors - from cast size, costume demands, balancing comedies and dramas, to the experience value for a theater student - go into designing a season of shows at Western Michigan University's Department of Theater. Jay Berkow, WMU's Director of Music Theater, says that occasionally, there's room for a professor's passion project as well. Berkow takes listeners through all 10 productions in the 2018-19 season, including his passion project: the regional premiere of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

WMU Theatre

The classic rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will be the last production of WMU Theatre's 2017-18 season. Directed by guest artist Patrick Cassidy, a veteran performer of theater and television, it will run April 7 - 15 in Shaw Theatre.

Cassidy and WMU junior Joriah Fleming (Judas) join Cara Lieurance to discuss many aspects of the production, including the extreme vocal and acting demands of the lead roles. They also share their appreciation for the human themes in this epic drama.


WMU Department of Theatre

Hear Jay Berkow, professor of music theater performance, and Emily Duguay, director of theater arts management discuss comedies, dramas, and musicals that will be be marketed, produced and performed by a talented group of Western Michigan University students. Highlights include the premiere of the West End musical The Witches of Eastwick, in its first college production, and a spring performance of the Webber/Rice classic, Jesus Christ Superstar.