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  1. Mercedes Ellington (center), member of the original Broadway cast and granddaughter of Duke Ellington, was joined by Karin Waidley (left) and Nya Johnson, in a conversation with the Sophisticated Ladies cast, the directors and choreographers, and Michael McElroy, chair of the Department of Musical Theatre.

    “The Rhythm of the Duke”: The Legacy, History, and Celebration of Sophisticated Ladies

    Sophisticated Ladies is more than a vivacious, visual spectacle. It is a cross-generational celebration of legacy, both in the original show and in the one being produced now by University Productions and the Department of Musical Theatre. Inspired by the music of Duke Ellington, the original Broadway production brought his sounds, lyrics, and lived experience…

  2. Rogério M. Pinto, Stephen Rush, and Amy Chavasse receive faculty recognition awards

  3. Scholarship Showcase 2022

    Enjoy these Scholarship Stories and performances from Scholarship Showcase, an annual event celebrating SMTD students and the supporters who have such significant impact on their experiences. A Scholarship Story: Madeline Merwin (MM ’23, composition)   A Scholarship Story: Nick Daly (BFA ’23, musical theatre)   A Scholarship Story: Godfrey Lubuulwa (MM ’23, jazz improvisation; MM…

  4. SMTD Announces Dominique Morisseau as 2023 Commencement Speaker

    The School of Music, Theatre & Dance is pleased to announce that award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau (BFA ’00, theatre & drama) will be the guest speaker at the 2023 SMTD commencement ceremony in Hill Auditorium. Morisseau is the author of the three-play cycle The Detroit Project. This cycle consists of Skeleton Crew (which premiered at…

  5. “Sing My Song” – SMTD project brings the vision of renowned operatic baritone, Thomas Hampson, and Detroit high school students together in song