WINONA, MN – The Page Series at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota presents Broadway’s Next H!t Musical, a fully-improvised musical theatre experience, Friday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre.
The show begins as a theatrical awards show, where master improvisers gather “nominees”—made-up song suggestions from the audience—and then perform them on the spot. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical, complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.
The Page plans to make a red carpet affair out of the evening. Audience members are invited to dress for the occasion, and the theatre will roll out a red carpet for audience arrivals. Once in the lobby, audience members will be able to pose for pictures, sip champagne, and enter their song suggestions. Performance Center Managing Director Theresa Remick calls the event, “Black tie optional. We welcome those who want the true Phony Awards experience to wear their red carpet best and really have fun with it, but of course, jeans are welcome too!”
Broadway’s Next H!t Musical has been seen at Tribeca Film Festival and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others. Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffman and Deb Rabbai, TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post called Broadway’s Next H!t Musical “remarkable.”
Earlier in the day, cast members will offer a musical theatre improvisation workshop, featuring improv games and musical improvisation. The free workshop will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Page Theatre, and is suitable for those of high school age and above who have had some musical experience. Registration is required, and a registration link is available at pagetheatre.org.
Tickets to the performance are $27 for adults and $24 for students and senior citizens. Tickets and additional information are available at pagetheatre.org or by calling 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m. weekdays).
About the Performance Center
The goal of the Performance Center at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is to be Southeastern Minnesota’s premiere performing arts center, bringing artists and community together through imaginative programming, unique collaborations, a welcoming atmosphere, and exceptional service. The Performance Center strives to be the venue through which artists and community connect, where audiences can experience a variety of cultures through quality performances of music, theatre and dance, and discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.
Page Series activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Educational and community programs are made possible through the support of the Xcel Energy Foundation.