[title of show]

By Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell

Directed by David Furumoto

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival. However, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry on the eighty-eights. With the cast in place, Jeff and Hunter begin a conversation about what to write about. Eventually, Jeff suggests they write about what to write about. They make a pact to write up until the festival’s deadline and dream about the show changing their lives. [title of show]—taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [title of show]—follows Hunter and Jeff and their friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. [title of show] is, above all, a love letter to the musical theatre—a uniquely American art form—and to the joy of collaboration. The musical received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Book of a Musical in 2009.

Produced by UW-Madison at Mitchell Theatre, 821 University Ave, Madison

Performances: July 8-30, 2011

Performance Times: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $15-$22

Call 608-265-2787 for reservations or more information.

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Auditions will be held on the following days:


Four characters; two male (Hunter and Jeff) and two female (Susan and Heidi).

Auditions will be held in the basement of Vilas Hall on Sunday, March 6 from 1-5 pm. Please prepare a 2-minute contemporary monologue AND 16 BARS OF MUSIC FROM A CONTEMPORARY (not rock) MUSICAL. Please bring your own sheet music clearly marked in the correct key.

Bring a headshot or photo of yourself. These cannot be returned.

To sign up for an audition time, got to www.utproduction.blogspot.com. You m ay sign up beginning MARCH 1.

First rehearsal is Tuesday, May 31. For a complete performance schedule, go to www.utproduction.com and click on "calendars".