Columbia Theatre presents ‘Broadway's Next Hit Musical’

Thursday, October 15, 2015
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical,” an improvised musical comedy. Scheduled Oct. 27, the production will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theater.
     Columbia Theatre/Fanfare Director Roy Blackwood is excited about the production and said that “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” is the only unscripted theatrical awards show. Master improvisers gather made up and hit song suggestions from the audience, then create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter.    
     “As the scene on stage unfolds, the audience begins to realize that the show itself is based upon interactions with patrons prior to the show,” he said.  “It’s masterful, really, and hilarious to experience a full-blown Broadway musical unfold right before your eyes. This is improvisation at its finest. Please come enjoy the music and give us some feedback on what you think.”
     According to Blackwood, the audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into an improvised musical – complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.
     “The New York Times” calls ‘Broadway’s Next Hit Musical “Hilarious!’ “TheaterWeek” hailed the show as ‘brilliant,’ and ‘The New York Post’ called it “remarkable.”
     Tickets for the concert are loge $39; orchestra/balcony $25; and students $15 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at
     All Southeastern faculty, retired faculty or university staff with ID may purchase one ticket for “Broadway’s Next Hit Musical” and receive one ticket at half price. Both tickets must be purchased in the same transaction and for the same price at the Columbia box office. Contact the box office at 985-543-4371 for more information.


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