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Join us for a concert evening featuring highlights from two new untitled musicals commissioned by Penn State Musical Theatre and featuring the talented seniors in the Class of 2022!

The two musicals are written by Gilbert Lewis Bailey II (book, music, lyrics) and Lauren Marcus (lyrics), Alexander Sage Oyen (music), James Presson (book). John Simpkins directs the evening.

Penn State is the proud home of one of the preeminent training programs in musical theatre. Led by Head of Musical Theatre John Simpkins, it is also home to a New Musicals Initiative where each year writers are commissioned. The writers visit Penn State to meet a group of third-year students – they share work and discuss timely issues facing young people. The writers return the following year and workshop/ develop the show with a Penn State creative team and the students who are now in their fourth year. Opportunities exist to continue into production at Penn State and professionally. Previous commissions include Love in Hate Nation (Joe Iconis), The Last Day (Mike Reid/ Sarah Schlesinger), The Lucky Boy (Kirsten Childs), Dust and Embers (Sam Salmond) and Nostalgia Night (Sofya Levitsky-Weitz/Matthew McCollum)


Malik Bilbrew
MaryRose Brendel
John El-Jor
Kate Fahey
Ayana François
Daniel Tracht
Jack Maloney
Melody Munitz
Noah Silverman
Teddy Wilson
Mads Winstead

Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.

Past Performances

  • Wed, Jun 1 :9:30 pm
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