On Oct. 19, 2016, the curtain rose for Broadway at Manhattanville’s first event, “Ca-boo-ret,” a Halloween-themed musical theatre showcase which had solo, duet, and group performances.
The production featured contributions of almost thirty Manhattanville students, including Dance and Theatre Major, Nick Barbera, who led the events of the evening as his ghoulish alter ego, “The Ghost Host.”
Inspired by the “Acting for Musical Theatre” course on campus, students started Broadway at Manhattanville as an opportunity to collaborate with their peers and rehearse their own numbers in a positive, exploratory setting.
Planning for the “Ca-boo-ret” took place in an open mic style, where members were encouraged to develop their own pieces and rehearse them for the group.
It was an incredible collaborative effort and the show spanned twenty numbers. The repertoire varied with hits from “Jekyll and Hyde,” “The Addams Family,” “Heathers,” “Chicago,” and more. Performers were also able to put their own spin on each piece, such as a hilarious performance from “Tangled” by Sarah Buturla as Mother Gothel and Pasquale Libertino as Rapunzel.
In the future, Broadway at Manhattanville plans to bring even more student-produced musical theatre to campus. For the spring 2017 semester there are two more cabaret nights in the Pub planned as well as a full length musical.
Come and find out more about Broadway at Manhattanville at their meetings on Thursday evenings at 8:30 p.m. in the Berman Theatre.