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   from the issue of October 26, 2006

University Theatre premieres 'Broadcast' on Oct. 26

"Broadcast," a new musical about the early history of radio, premieres Oct. 26 at the Johnny Carson Theatre at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

 BROADCAST PLAYERS - Andy King and Tertia Hock rehearse a scene from
BROADCAST PLAYERS - Andy King and Tertia Hock rehearse a scene from "Broadcast."Courtesy photo.

The production is the fourth new musical developed by UNL in the last five years. "Broadcast" is presented by the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film's University Theater and the School of Music.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-29, and 2 p.m. Oct. 28-29.

"Broadcast" features music by Scott Murphy and book and lyrics by Nathan Christensen.

The musical is divided into 14 mini-plots, with actors playing multiple roles. Each plot centers on changes characters face in critical moments in their lives.

The production covers the influence of radio from 1901 to 1950.

"Broadcast" opens in 1901 when experiments in wireless communications were being formulated and Marconi was just becoming well known. The musical presents the first Christmas Eve transmission, a baseball game, politics and commercials on the air, and a marriage proposal via radio. The inventor's wife at an event for the "polite society" tells the creation of the audion tube. And, "Broadcast" showcases how mass production influences the availability of the new technology for everyone.

Then, in the final scene set in 1950, the musical introduces a more advanced technology - television.

The production is directed by Alisa Belflower, coordinator of musical theatre studies, and musically directed by Therees Hibbard, assistant professor. Guest artist Daniel Kubert is choreographer. Designers are Wenhai Ma (scenic), associate professor; Jeff O'Brien (sound), alumnus; Cassie Vorbach (lighting-thesis project), graduate student; and Joy Barlean (costumes), undergraduate.

Tickets are $16, $14 for faculty/staff and senior citizens, and $10 for students with a valid NCard. Four-admission season passes are $50, $40 faculty/staff and senior citizens.

For more information, go online at or call 472-4747.



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