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A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Join the students of Curtain Call, the premiere MT performance ensemble at the University of Lynchburg, for an evening of new musical theatre written by some of the most exciting young songwriters in New York City. Founded in 2018, the Curtain Up Songwriters Workshop has featured NYC-based songwriters creating original work for undergraduate student performers, and to date has produced over two dozen original songs by award-winning songwriters including Rona Siddiqui (Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan; music director of Broadway’s A Strange Loop), Heath Saunders (Newton’s Cradle; original Broadway cast of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Billy Recce (FIVE: A Musical Parody Off-Broadway), James Ballard & Seth Christenfeld (AwakeThe Jerk Next Door), Or Matias (music director of Broadway’s Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) & Sarah Hammond (Pete the Cat), RJ Christian (Ratatouille the TikTok musical), and more writers to be announced. Under the direction of Dana Ballard and with music supervision & arrangements by Curtain Up Artistic Director James BallardThe Curtain Up Songwriters Workshop: NYC Showcase marks the New York debut of the Curtain Call ensemble with a set list of original songs about hope, heartbreak, hilarity, and everything in between.

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


  • $29 (includes $4 in fees) – $40 (includes $5 in fees)
  • VIP Seating: $51 (includes $6 in fees)
  • Premiums: $67.50 (includes $7.50 in fees)
  • Prices shown are only valid for online purchases. Additional $6 in fees for all seating sections if purchased at the box office.
  • $25 Food & Beverage Minimum

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