BYU’s Beauty and the Beast is a production of the beloved tale unlike any re-creation you’ll see. While director George D. Nelson stays faithful to the script written by Linda Woolverton, it is obvious he intended to craft an atmosphere where the audience’s imagination is required to get at the heart of the play and explore the deeper themes of this favorite classic.
BYU’s impressive fully staged production of the U.S. premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo proves that the musical has great potential to be a successful crowd-pleaser across the country. Broadway worthy scenic design and projections, historically accurate costume designs, exceptional choreography, talented performers and directors contribute to the positive development of this musical and make it nothing short of spectacular.
After incredible success in Europe and Asia, Frank Wildhorn brings The Count of Monte Cristo to BYU for its U.S. premiere. The Tony-Award nominated composer, impressed by the level of talent of the students, selected BYU to stage his production. Led by director Tim Threlfall, the production will receive additional support from within the college of Fine Arts and Communications.
Tony Award-nominated composer Frank Wildhorn will bring his latest work, “The Count of Monte Cristo” to BYU on Jan. 30, 2015. The production has been performed abroad, but makes its U.S. debut under the direction of BYU’s Tim Threlfall and the BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts. The all-BYU-student cast will portray the iconic characters, namely Preston Yates as Dantes (The Count) and Shae Robins as Mercedes.
Despite some shortcomings, BYU’s production of The Light in the Piazza is worth seeing. The beautiful story, gorgeous orchestrations well performed by the live orchestra, and solid performances of the cast contribute to a meaningful production.
BYU’s Department of Theatre and Media Arts presents the Tony Award-winning production “The Light in the Piazza.” Featuring the award-winning music of Adam Guettel and directed by theatre professional Scott Eckern, the story of love and relationships will cause audience members to reflect on how they receive and show love to others.
Impressed with the prowess of talented Music Dance Theatre students, Tony nominated Broadway composer Frank Wildhorn selects BYU to stage the first English-language production of his musical adaption of The Count of Monte Cristo. Wildhorn and BYU agree, “this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” With famed musicals under his belt such as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll & Hyde and The Civil War, it’s an honor for BYU when Wildhorn says, “The potential of the relationship that I am beginning with BYU is what really excites me… I’m hoping this will be a long and fruitful relationship.”
Andrew Joy is the first student to helm a BYU stage show as its sole producer. “Merrily We Roll Along” is one of master Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim’s treasured but rare flops – and the undergrad’s favorite musical. With a great message and excellent music, Joy knew he needed to bring this musical to BYU.
Three BYU theater students won big at the 44th regional competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. One student, Becca Ingram, was named as a finalist and will compete at the national festival in Washington D.C.
Two Brigham Young University students won national acting awards, after being honored at a regional gathering of the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Becca Ingram received the National Partners of the American Theatre Classical Acting Award, and her partner Ted Bushman received the Kingsley Colton Award for Outstanding Partner. BYU costume designer Shelby Luke earned the National partners of the American Theatre Design Award.
BYU’s Music Dance Theatre Program stages the iconic “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” Director George Nelson shows dedication to make the production a tune-filled, family-friendly event. The strong acting, dancing and singing abilities of the students will not disappoint and are sure to help the audience get in the Christmas spirit.
BYU’s production of “Our Town” received the Outstanding Production of a Modern Classic award and recognition in 12 other categories at the 47th annual national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. A new, original musical, “Single Wide”, composed by BYU student Jordan Kamalu and written by TMA professor George Nelson, was honored with a Michael Kanin Playwriting Award.
The English-language world premiere of The Count of Monte Cristo is presented in an artfully directed, spectacular production at BYU. Though at times the flow of the production is flawed with ambiguities, the sweeping majestic score, the close attention to the actors’ performances and staging is evident in each moment of the highly enjoyable production.
BYU produces Peter Pan, a musical based on the classic tale by James M. Barrie about the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Director Tim Threlfall created a night of energy, color and excitement. From the set design to the costumes, from the choreography and the onstage flying to the orchestra, this production is wonderfully colorful and vibrant.
One of the first universities to stage the longest-running show in Broadway history, BYU produces “The Phantom of the Opera.” This big-budget production from the freefalling chandelier and talented 44 cast members to the special effects and 40 piece orchestra is sure to meet, perhaps exceed, the expectations of audience members.
Blogger, Bane Nathos, reviews BYU’s “The Phantom of the Opera,” his first time experiencing the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Impressed with the caliber of vocal talent, the special effects, and scenery, he encourages everyone to get tickets or get excited if you already have them.