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FAU Presents Three Different Plays, a Big Band Concert and a Piano Gala Extravaganza this Summer

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 30, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Theatre and Dance in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present an expanded Festival Repertory Theatre for 2013 with the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum;” a comedy in three acts titled “The Man Who Came to Dinner;” the musical revue “Side by Side by Sondheim;” as well as two big band concerts titled “Hits of the Swing Era” and a four-piano extravaganza. The three plays are on a rotating schedule with afternoon and evening performances from Friday, June 21 through Sunday, July 21. The concerts take place from Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28. All shows are at the University Theatre and Studio One Theatre at 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” which runs from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, July 21, is based on a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The musical tells the lewd tale of Pseudolus, a Roman slave who strives to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. The farcical plot twists and turns with slapstick humor, cases of mistaken identity and social satire. The musical won several Tony Awards including “Best Musical” and “Best Book.”

“The Man Who Came to Dinner,” which runs from Saturday, July 13 through Saturday, July 20, is a comedy set in the 1930s. Radio personality Sheridan Whiteside, who is invited to dine at the house of a prominent Ohio family, slips on a patch of ice outside the front door and injures his leg. Following doctor’s orders, Whiteside is to remain confined to quarters, whereupon he delights in meddling with the lives of everyone in the household.

“Side by Side by Sondheim” features the music and lyrics of Steven Sondheim. The revue, which runs from Saturday, June 22 through Sunday, July 7, thematically ties together many of the famous composer and lyricist’s best known songs. A narrator reveals insight into the background, motivation and musical styles Sondheim used in the development of his work. Featured songs include “Comedy Tonight,” “Love is in the Air,” “Send in the Clowns,” “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” and “Side by Side by Side.”

Finally, Festival Repertory Theatre will close out the summer with a four-piano extravaganza on Friday, July 26 and “Hits of the Swing Era” big band concerts on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28.

“Festival Rep,” now in its 15th year, will once again feature professional equity actors working alongside FAU’s finest graduate students in their last production before they graduate and enter the world of professional theatre. Tickets range from $12 to $20 with package tickets and group tickets available. For tickets, call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com. For a full schedule of performances, visit www.fau.edu/festivalrep.

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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