Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Durang's Tony-Nominated, Musical Comedy Staged at Genesius Theater

Nathaniel Yost as Hank singing "We're in a Salad" Credit:Justin Sines

The Summer Company will be performing its third and final show of the 2016 season, "A History of the American Film," with book and lyrics by Christopher Durang and music by Mel Marvin. The show is directed by one of the founders of The Summer Company - John E. Lane, Jr.

A History of the American Film won Durang a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical when it premiered in 1978. A hilarious satire of American films, especially those from the 1930s through the 1950s. The cast play a ton of characters, and the parts they play are wild parodies from silent movies, to movie musicals, to war films and even screwball comedies.

Colleen Garrison as Loretta, Jill Jeffrey as Bette, and Sarah Murtha as Eve Credit: Justin Sines

The production runs August 18-21 and August 25-28. Thursday through Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at  2 p.m. All shows will be performed at the Genesius Theater at Duquesne University, adjacent to the Mary Pappert School of Music. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. Group rates are also available. Tickets can be purchased at

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