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Students Works with Broadway and Film Pros on First Draft Reading


Musical theatre students recently enjoyed the rare opportunity to participate in a first draft reading of a new musical by renowned Broadway artists. The bare bones reading, featuring piano accompaniment, was of a stage production of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, based on the 1971 Disney film. Approximately 28 musical theatre students participated, with the rest of the department in attendance as audience members along with the show’s creators Neil Bartram (score), Brian Hill (book/lyrics), and Jack Cummings (director). The team worked with the students for three weeks prior to the reading. In addition to new music by Bartram and Hill, the score included songs from the original film by Academy Award-winning composer/lyricist Richard M. Sherman, who co-wrote music with his brother Robert for dozens of Disney hits, including Mary Poppins. Sherman flew to Ann Arbor to attend the reading and spoke enthusiastically with students afterwards.


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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower