Lovers of the stage and musical theater will be enthralled this weekend at Off Broadway On Campus’ annual Fall Revue at Strong Auditorium. Entitled “A New World,” the show features hit songs from popular shows like “Les Miserables,” “Grease!,” “42nd Street” and “Godspell” as well as less well-known shows like “Suburb” and “Merrily We Roll Along.” Musical theater classics like “My Fair Lady” and “The Most Happy Fella” will also be featured.
In the past, OBOC has performed in Lower Strong Auditorium so this will be their first full-length revue in the larger venue. “We all felt the move was an absolutely necessary part of OBOC’s development,” OBOC publicity director and junior Kary Haddad said.
One reason they chose to make the move is that, this semester, OBOC has the largest cast in the group’s history ? 51 members.
“If we had stayed downstairs, we wouldn’t have been able to fit onstage. Also, with nearly twice as many seats, having our show in Upper Strong will help more people be able to attend,” Haddad added.
In addition to the increase in seating space, the possibilities for lighting effects are much larger in Upper Strong compared to the smaller auditorium.
Choreography and staging options also increase dramatically in the new venue. “We’re taking full advantage of this and the result is a show that has more dance numbers than ever before,” Haddad said.
Founded in the fall of 1997 as “The Broadway Singers,” OBOC acquired its new title in fall of 1998. Its main goal is provide a way for students to both perform and watch musical theater.
The show is on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Common Market and at the door for $4 for university members and $5 for the general public.