Department News 05-15-17

The university announced the 2017-18 BRAVO! season last week, and it includes a number of high-profile theatre luminaries on the lineup. Headliners Renée Elise Goldsberry (Tony Award winner for Hamilton); Disney and Broadway composer Alan Menken; a rare joint concert with Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown and Tony winner Kelli O’Hara; and special dance performance starring New York City Ballet principal dancers with Broadway credits, including Robert Fairchild (Tony nominee for An American in Paris), Megan Fairchild (Broadway revival of On the Town), and Tiler Peck (Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty’s forthcoming musical, Little Dancer) will take place in the de Jong Concert Hall. Actors From the London Stage return to BYU next April with a production of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Additionally, the fifth edition of OFF THE MAP: BYU International Theatre Festival takes place Jan. 24-Feb. 3 in the Pardoe and Nelke Theatres with performances from Scotland: The Secret Life of Suitcases, a two-man Macbeth from England and Denmark (U.S. premiere), and from the USA: The Fever. The latter is by the Brooklyn-based theatre group, 600 Highwaymen, and will mark the Utah debut of this performance which Jeff first saw at the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival in January 2017. Full details of the season can be found online at

All of the companies visiting BYU for OFF THE MAP as well as Actors From The London Stage will participate in extensive residency activities in TMA. Please contact Jeff Martin if you would like the students in your classes to be able to participate. 


Alumni News

At present, we have MDT alumni in five currently running Broadway shows:

WAITRESS:  Will Swenson

WICKED: Erin Wilson

ALADDIN:  Tia Altinay

BANDSTAND: Becca Peterson

KINKY BOOTS:  Miachael Milkanin

Below is a picture of 2014 MDT grad Becca Peterson coming out the stage door after making her Broadway debut this week in BANDSTAND.  We have many more out on Broadway National Tours, but often the actual Broadway productions are more prestigious…even though many of the tours pay better!




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