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A Grand Night for Singing

CSU, Chico's Musical Theatre Ensemble to Present Tony Award-Nominated Musical Revue 'A Grand Night for Singing,' April 6 and 7

Ensemble Members of Musical Theatre Ensemble
(L-R) Jacque Gil-Devor, Cora Cahill, Nicole Stanley, Matthew Pankin, Oliver Loll, Brandon Burchard, Talia Rempel, Sofia Gutierrez, Zoe Stamos

CSU, Chico’s Department of Music and Theatre’s (MUTA) Musical Theatre Ensemble will present the Tony Award-nominated musical revue, “A Grand Night for Singing,” staged Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall. This event is free and open to the public.

The musical revue showcases the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein, with standards from musicals such as “Oklahoma,” “Carousel,” and “South Pacific,” as well as innovative musical arrangements that provide a fresh take on their classics. New renditions of songs include a sultry Andrew Sisters-esque “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right out of My Hair,” a swingin’ “Honey Bun” worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy setting of “Kansas City.”

“Once the musical theatre main-stage productions for 2017–18 had been chosen [“American Idiot” and “Avenue Q”], I felt that doing something from the Golden Age of musical theatre would be a good balance to the season,” said MUTA faculty member and “A Grand Night for Singing” music director Dara Scholz.

Sofia Gutierrez
Sofia Gutierrez

The members of Musical Theatre Ensemble auditioned the first week of fall semester. If you happened to see MUTA’s musical production, “American Idiot” this past fall, you may recognize one of the members, Brandon Burchard, who played the role of Johnny. The 16-member ensemble has been meeting twice weekly since the audition process with both Scholz and director and choreographer Megan Glynn Zollinger, who is new to CSU, Chico’s Department of Music and Theatre this past fall, to rehearse for the revue. 

Other members of the ensemble include: Emily Beets, Cora Cahill, Lindy Forman, Jacque Gil-DeVor, Sofia Gutierrez, Caroline Hoskins, Jenna Kearsing, Oliver Loll, Olivia Loupe, Mariah McDonald, Matthew Pankin, Talia Rempel, Zoe Stamos, Nicole Stanley, and Lacy Stephens.

Oliver Loll raising his hands while singing
Oliver Loll

A Grand Night for Singingmade its debut as a cabaret-style performance at Rainbow and Stars, on the top of Rockefeller Center, and was then performed on Broadway, opening in 1993 and running for 52 performances. The revue was nominated for two Tony Awards, Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revue.

Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall is located in the Performing Arts Center, room 134, on CSU, Chico’s campus. For those who need special seating accommodations, please call the box office for arrangements, 530-898-6333. More information is available online at the School of the Arts’ website and Facebook page.

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Story by Shelby Casey, Publicity Assistant, School of the Arts