(Norman, Okla) January 10, 2011 — “Reserved seats go on sale February 1 for this one-weekend only performance showcasing a U.S. premiere of a new song by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber set in a brand new version of the London production celebrating a 21 year run,” says Rich Taylor, Dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. “This will be the biggest show ever held in Sharp Concert Hall.”

The University of Oklahoma Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts presents a special musical showcase featuring The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, directed by Hugh Wooldridge, at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 14, Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 16, and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in the Sharp Concert Hall located in the Catlett Music Center.

“This unique presentation features the OU Symphony Orchestra, OU Combined Choirs, thirty principal vocalists from the Schools of Musical Theatre, Music, and the University at large and performers from the School of Dance,” says Taylor. “This spectacular production will include a variety of musical and theatrical highlights from the vast popular catalogue of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.”

Many familiar faces from University Theatre productions are featured cast members including Skyler Adams, Adriana Hicks, Emily Luhrs, Kristina Love, Damian Chambers, Sophie Menas and many more. Students from across the university are participating as choir members, dancers and soloists.

The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webberis a grand concert showcasing the Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning composer’s biggest and most memorable hits. A full onstage symphony orchestra, directed by Rick Zielinksi, will accompany the soloists, recreating countless extraordinary moments and thrills created by one of the most acclaimed composers of our time. This production revisits such legendary musicals as Cats, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera,Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Whistle Down the Wind, Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and more.

Director Hugh Wooldridge is a leading theatre director and gala event producer based in London, but worksworldwide. Wooldridge has directed more than 60 productions in London and throughout the United Kingdom. He has directed the Bill Kenwright / UK Tour of The Haunting by Charles Dickens adapted by Hugh Janes.  Currently, Wooldridge is preparing for the London production of ANTHEMS: The Concert with Kerry Ellis and Brian May at the Royal Albert Hall.

Tickets for this event go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 1, at the Fine Arts Box Office by calling (405) 325-4101. Ticket prices are $15 for all students with an I.D. and $25 for adults. The Box Office is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and one hour prior to any performance.

 

Please visit http://www.ou.edu/finearts/events for a full calendar of events and performances at the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts.

 

Special arrangement and support for this production comes from the Really Useful Group, Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, Weitzenhoffer Family Foundation, Kirkpatrick Foundation and BankOne.   

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Holly Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
University of Oklahoma
(405) 325-6673
hollyjones@ou.edu