Broadway alumna Carmen Ruby Floyd, Class of 2000, and eight of her NU theater peers will electrify Niagara University's Leary Theatre stage this summer with an exciting, all-alumni production of the musical revue by John Kander and Fred Ebb, "The World Goes 'Round" from July 21-31.
As NU Theatre continues to produce the canon of Kander and Ebb, audiences are invited to come relive some of the most exciting music in Broadway and Hollywood history - all performed, designed, and stage-managed by a company of NU alumni, and directed and choreographed by Derek Roland, '00. Some of the Broadway musicals and Hollywood films include "New York, New York," "Chicago," "Funny Lady," "Cabaret" and "Kiss of the Spider Woman."
Actors in the production include: Louis Colaiacovo, '99; Carmen Ruby Floyd, '00; Paschal Frisina III, '00; Vanessa Gawinski, '01; and Michele Marie Roberts, '99. Stage manager is Kurt Erb, '09, while Ian Tweedie, '05, is light and sound designer, and Sarah Cymba, '11, is set designer.
Floyd has appeared on Broadway in such productions as "Avenue Q" and "The Lion King," and she has appeared off-Broadway in "Crowns," and "Little Ham," among others. Colaiacovo, Erb, Frisina, Gawinski and Roberts are all familiar names on the Buffalo stage, having performed in numerous productions at such venues as Artpark, MusicalFare Theatre, the Irish Classical Theatre Co., Road Less Traveled Productions, the Alleyway Theatre, the Kavinoky Theatre and more.
While the Beyreuth Festival in Germany has been producing the canon of Richard Wagner for many successful years, many may not realize that NU Theatre has been producing the canon of Kander and Ebb for many successful years: "Cabaret" (1974/75 and 2007/08), "Zorba" (1986/87), "Chicago" (1994/95 and 2005/06), "Steel Pier" (1998/99), "The Happy Time" (2001/02), "Flora, the Red Menace" (2004/05), and "The Rink" (2008/09).
"The World Goes 'Round" will be on stage in the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, Clet Hall, at 7 p.m. on July 21 and 28. The production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on July 22-23, 29-30. Matinees will be held at 2 p.m. on July 24 and 31. A post-show discussion with the performers will be held on July 24.