WCU revives ‘Music Is’ for the first time since 1976

Western Carolina University will present a concert version of “Music Is” by George Abbott at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 4, and 3 p.m., Feb. 5, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

“Music Is” is based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and focuses on mistaken identity. The play features music by Richard Adler with lyrics by Will Holt and has never been revived since it left Broadway. Catherine Cox, who played Viola in the original production, will guest direct the first performance since the closing in 1976.

“When I discovered that there was another musical by the great Richard Adler, composer of ‘Pajama Game’ and ‘Damn Yankees,’ I just had to investigate further,” said Bradley Martin, associate professor of piano at WCU and musical director for the production. “After much research, we were able to piece the show back together like a jigsaw.”

Both showings will be in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for faculty, staff and seniors. Student tickets are $10 at the door or $7 in advance.

828.227.2479 or bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

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