Hylton Performing Arts Center Opens Fifth Anniversary Season with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 8 p.m. Merchant Hall
MANASSAS, Va., July 28, 2014 – The Hylton Performing Arts Center opens its fifth anniversary season with a hysterically funny musical comedy straight from New York – and it’s completely made up on the spot. Broadway’s Next Hit Musical comes to Manassas on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2014-2015 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor.
Praised by the New York Post for having “a spontaneity, wit and inventiveness that must be seen to be believed,” this wacky new twist on musical theater employs a troupe of quick-witted improvisers who make up a whole new musical right on the stage. The evening begins with cast members dreaming up original show songs based on silly titles provided by the audience in the first act. Then, in the second act, the cast uses the most popular of these zany tunes as inspiration for a Broadway-style musical, complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and spontaneous plot twists. These supremely talented performers, an entertaining emcee and an extraordinary pianist keep the show moving along at a quick clip that has audiences rolling on the floor. The New York Times called the production “hilarious,” while Time Out New York said, “At last! A musical of, for and by the people.”
Led by longtime improvisational performers, teachers and Chicago City Limits veterans Rob Schiffman and Deb Rabbai, Broadway’s Next Hit Musical’s talented cast includes performers Robert Z Grant, Kobi Libii, Stefan Schick and Rebecca Vigil; host Greg Triggs; and pianists Eric March, Andrew Resnick and Gary Adler. Broadway’s Next Hit Musical has recently played at New York’s The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival and the New York Musical Theater Festival, among others.
Novant Health is the 2014-2015 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor
Tickets for BROADWAY’S NEXT HIT MUSICAL are $44, $37 and $26. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.
About the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.