Musical Theatre Organization to Present Broadway Goes Global, A Musical Cabaret
Deciding on the theme, Broadway Goes Global, for this year’s Musical Theatre Organization (MTO) cabaret on April 28 was easy for student club president Angelica Ramirez, a junior from Effort, Pa., who is majoring in musical theatre.
“MTO is a group of more than 30 students from many different heritages,” Ramirez said, “and it’s important to our members to sing about our roots and celebrate that diversity. We chose songs from musicals that draw their inspiration from a wide range of countries and cultures.”
Selections for the cabaret include pieces from Les Misérables, reflecting the French Revolution of 1848; In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s contemporary musical set in the Latino New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights; The Sound of Music, the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical that traces the rise of Nazism in Austria; and Memphis, the 2010 Tony-award-winning musical set in the African American rock and roll underground of Memphis in the 1950s.
“Global Week started the month of April at ESU with the theme of ‘mosaic,’ highlighting how many different people and cultures can create a beautiful pattern,” Ramirez noted. “Broadway Goes Global continues this theme through its musical numbers.”
This year’s cabaret will be presented in the Dale Snow Theatre of ESU’s Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, East Stroudsburg. “The intimate space of this theatre frees performers from using microphones,” Ramirez explained, “and allows us to connect to the audience in a very direct way.”
Performances of Broadway Goes Global are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The cabaret is open to the public at no cost, but reservations are strongly suggested since seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved online at esu.edu/theatretickets.
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