Have you ever loved a song but hated the musical? Sacramento State's Alumni Theatre Project will perform these diamonds in the rough in Flops! Wonderful Songs from Not So Wonderful Shows, a production that will bring back the best songs from the worst stinkers in Broadway history. The musical opens at 8 p.m., Feb. 10 at the University Theatre in Shasta Hall. Performances will continue at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 19.
The show includes songs like "I'll Be Seeing You" by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain from the musical Right this Way and "Night and Day" by Cole Porter from Gay Divorcee. Other artists include Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim and many others. More than the songs however, the audience will also be enlightened by the backstage stories that sped the demise of these washout productions despite the involvement of some of Broadway's greatest stars.
Flops! was conceived and directed by Ed Trafton, written by Georgia Larson and the music was directed by Dan Pool.
The musical is a fundraiser for the Robert Smart Memorial Lenaea Scholarship. Bob Smart was a beloved and influential theater professor during his 35 years of teaching at Sacramento State. Smart directed more than 40 productions during his tenure and spent a decade directing Sacramento State's Lenaea Festival, one of the largest high school festivals in the nation. All proceeds go towards an annual $1,000 scholarship awarded to applicants who are incoming freshmen theater majors.
Tickets are $20 general, $18 for Alumni Association members, and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the Sacramento State Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323 and at Tickets.com. Media assistance is available by contacting the University’s public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.