Thursday, May 7, Goodman Community Center, 7 pm
Don’t miss the Midwest debut of this dazzling musical, which features songs inspired by the photography of New York-based professional Matthew Murphy. The Music Theatre of Madison production runs the gamut from funny to delightful to terrifying, with each number telling a different story. ALSO: Friday (7 pm) and Saturday (8 pm), May 8-9. Through May 16.
35MM is a series of songs written by composer Ryan Scott Oliver, based on the photographs of his partner Matthew Murphy. Each song tells a story: A vampire's doomed love affair. A frustrated male nanny's woes. A religious icon. A vengeful ghost. A ruthless candidate for prom queen. And more.
With this unique collaboration, MTM will bring the idea of inspiration full circle. The show will be performed against the backdrop of photos inspired by the songs and taken by eleven Madison based photographers. Fusing the worlds of photography and musical theatre, 35MM promises to be a theatrical experience unlike any other.
May 7, 8, 14, 15, and 16 at 7pm
May 9 at 8pm
Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St.
"Pay What You Can" performances on May 7 and 14!
Complimentary photography exhibit in the Goodman Center's Ballweg Gallery
from May 1-31
35MM is performed by Katie Davis (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Hostage Song) and new MTM performers Zachary Dean, Paige Hutchinson Fecteau, Andrew Lonsdale, Krystal Lonsdale, and MTM Executive Director Meghan Randolph. It is directed by MTM Co-Artistic Director Catie O'Donnell with music direction by Patrick Christians.
Photographers are Jason Atkins, Ron Curran, Sandy Curran, Claudia Guy, Erin McConnell, Dan Myers, Vincent Padilla, Sarah Sandell, Kat Steinnon, Alex Tande, and Sharon White.
Who wrote it?
The show was written by Jonathan Larson Grant recipient, Richard Rodgers Award Winner, Lortel Award Nominee, ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award Winner, and Dramatists Guild Fellow Ryan Scott Oliver. Mr. Oliver was called "the future of Broadway...a major new voice in musical theatre" by Entertainment Weekly. You can learn more about him, and hear some of his amazing songs, here !
What do you mean by "Midwest premiere?"
35MM has had about a dozen regional productions, half of which have been overseas and half of which have been performed on the coasts. MTM's production is the first time that this new phenomenon is coming to the Midwest. Audiences in Madison are getting the chance to see it before it debuts in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, or any other market in the central part of the US!
As an organization, MTM prides itself on presenting "the weird stuff." Things you used to have to travel out of town to see, or might never hear about, come to Madison on our stages in an affordable, accessible, and professional environment. We love it!