Published February 17, 2021
"LIVING IN A TOPSY TURVY WORLD: The Music of Gilbert & Sullivan"
March 26 - 27, 2021 @ 7:30pm
March 28, 2021 @ 2pm & 7:30pm
$6.00 general | $4.00 student & seniors | $10.00 group viewing
THD’s traditional spring 2021 musical will be a newly conceived virtual music theatre revue titled “Living in a Topsy Turvy World: The Theatre of Gilbert and Sullivan.”
The compilation of songs and scenes are from four shows written by the 19th century team of Sir Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert, who became beloved for their knack of turning the world upside down or “topsy-turvy.” With excerpts from “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “Iolanthe,” “Princess Ida,” and “The Gondoliers,” the project promises to be both fun and relevant during our pandemic topsy-turvydom.
The show is conceived and music directed by associate professor Nathan R. Matthews. Gary John La Rosa returns to direct his fourth production for THD. A UCLA alumnus, he has staged well over 300 productions nationally. Respected for accurately recreating the Jerome Robbins staging of “Fiddler on the Roof,” he directed its 50th Anniversary on Broadway and appears in the current PBS streaming documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.” La Rosa has worked with Chita Rivera, Jay Leno, Queen Latifah, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, Lainie Kazan, Topol, Joshua Bell and Jason Alexander, and his credits include Broadway, Las Vegas, and national and international tours.
The show features a cast of UB performance students enrolled in Matthews’s creative research project course.