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Improvised musical about Nacogdoches takes center stage at SFA

January 23, 2013 - Robbie Goodrich
The SFA College of Fine Arts will present "Broadway's Next H!T Musical" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium. (Photo by James Shubinski)
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - As part of its University Series "Expressions," the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts will present "Broadway's Next H!T Musical" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

"Broadway's Next H!T Musical" abandons the same old song and dance to create a brand new, fully improvised musical comedy every week. Every lyric, melody and accompaniment is made up on the spot to create a show that is energetic and hilarious, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean of the SFA College of Fine Arts.

"Those attending this performance will become part of the fun as suggestions from the audience are used to create an improvised musical from the stage about Nacogdoches," Goodall said.

The New York Post described the show as having "a spontaneity, wit and inventiveness that must be seen to be believed."

"Broadway's Next H!T Musical" features improv superstars Rob Schiffman, Robert Z. Grant, Eric March, Jeff Scherer, Gregg Triggs and Rebecca Vigil as the cast in a musical created on the spot with Ralph Buckley, Deb Rabbai,, Schiffman and Triggs as co-producers.

"Broadway's Next H!T Musical" is represented by Baylin Artists Management, Doylestown, Penn.

Before the performance, there will be a 7 p.m. informative talk presented by Jason Davids Scott, assistant professor of theatre, in Griffith Gallery, located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the event's corporate sponsor, BancorpSouth.

Tickets range from $17.50 to $35, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty and staff, students and youth. For tickets or information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.