Writer Hunter Bell (back row, fourth from the right) poses with surprised Oglethorpe theatre students.
The cast and crew of Oglethorpe’s production of the Broadway musical [title of show] were surprised last weekend when the play’s author popped up in the audience.
Hunter Bell, the author of the play’s original book, introduced himself to the director and the cast after Saturday night’s show. Bell, who happened to be visiting Atlanta from New York City, heard about OU Theatre’s production and decided to check it out. He was reportedly impressed, saying that he thought it was one of the best non-New York performances of the play he had ever seen.
The Obie Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated writer and actor spent time after the show speaking with the student-actors, signing programs, and posing for pictures.
In their first production of 2011, Oglethorpe University’s Theatre Department will present the award-winning musical [title of show] on February 10-12 at 8:00 p.m. in the Conant Performing Arts Center.
Based on the story of its own creation, [title of show] (that’s right—that’s the name of the production) is a 2008 Broadway musical based on the music and lyrics of Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell. The play follows ”two nobodies” in New York who set out to write a musical about two nobodies in New York who set out to write a musical. Got it?
In [title of show], Hunter and Jeff enlist the help of two friends—actresses, who get them through everything from writer’s block to casting troubles. Still, the dilemma remains: will the show end up being “pretty good” to hundreds of audience members, or will it prove to be “Nine People’s Favorite Thing?” Regardless, this musical about four friends trying to make their dreams come true is both hysterical and inspiring.
Tickets are available at the door on the nights of the show for $7—or free to those with a valid Petrel Pass.