Forgotten Broadway Musical Revived at Firth Hall
A talented music student has unearthed a forgotten musical and will conduct it at Firth Hall on 29 and 30 April 2014.
Matthew Malone, who is completing an MMus under the supervision of Dr Dominic McHugh of the Department of Music, has used material from three archives in America to reconstruct the score of Subways are for Sleeping, by the composer of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the screenwriters of Singin’ in the Rain. Though the show’s original run was respectable, the show has never been professionally revived.
Matthew will conduct the concerts, which include 20 students in the cast and 35 students in the orchestra, as well as Dominic on the piano, and it will be the first time the full original orchestrations have been heard since 1962. The musical will be performed in concert at Firth Hall with a new narration, specially written by Dominic.
Before the performance on 29 April, Matthew and Dominic will present a pre-concert talk about the process of putting the show back together. It will include performances of four numbers that were cut in previews, as well as the original version of the overture.
Dominic commented: “Matthew has done a tremendous job in piecing together the score from literally thousands of pages of music. He has inspired his fellow students – who are drawn from across the university – to commit their time and energy to dozens of hours of rehearsal, with incredibly professional results.”
“It was especially inspiring for me as a scholar to see how engaged the students became when we rehearsed the two different versions of the overture, with many of them speculating as to the reasons it was changed. To perform the musical and not just talk about it helps to bring the research aspect of their studies to life.”
“The combination of teaching, research and public engagement that this project represents is an excellent demonstration of Sheffield’s imaginative approach to learning and scholarship.”
Further information about events and tickets, along with full listings can be found at The University of Sheffield Concerts website, or by calling 0114 222 0468.