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Phantom is Creighton University's Spring Musical

The Creighton University Department of Fine and Performing Arts announces its spring musical production, Phantom, book by Arthur Kopit and music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, at 7:30 p.m. on March 20–22, March 27–29, and at 2 p.m. on March 30, on the Mainstage.

Kopit will attend the opening night reception from 6 to 7:15 p.m., Thursday, March 20, in the main foyer of the Lied Education Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Tickets for the performance are $18.00 for the general public; $15.00 for senior citizens and $5.00 for those with a Creighton ID. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Lied Education Center for Performing Arts Box Office, or by calling 402.280.1448, or online at boxoffice.creighton.edu.

A special dinner with the playwright will be held 6 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Lucile’s Old Market, located at 510 South 10th Street, Omaha, across from Embassy Suites. To make reservations to attend this special fundraising event benefiting CU@theArts, call 402.280.3479, or e-mail arts@creighton.edu.

The play is directed by Alan Klem, with musical direction by Stephen Sheftz, choreography by Patrick Roddy, and fight choreography by Terry Doughman. Set and lighting design is by Bill VanDeest and the costume designer is Lindsay Pape.

In the mid-1980s, Kopit and composer Maury Yeston had not finished their adaptation of Phantom, when they saw word about Andrew Lloyd Weber’s version that was about to hit Broadway, so the project was abandoned. In the early 1990s, however, Kopit was hired to adapt Phantom as a mini-series. With the success of the teleplay Kopit and Yeston launched a production of their Phantom at the Theater Under the Stars in Houston. Although the show has never been on Broadway, it has gained a following.

Kopit is the author of over twenty published plays and screenplays, and his works have been performed on Broadway and in the cinema. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a three-time Tony Award nominee: Best Play, Indians, 1970; Best Play, Wings, 1979; and Best Book of a Musical, Nine, 1982, which he won. He has been nominated twice for the Drama Desk Award and won it in 1962. Kopit continues to write plays for the stage, screen, and television from his home in New York City.

A week after his visit to Creighton, he will be the honored guest of the 33rd Annual William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, Kan.

All Department of Fine and Performing Arts events are funded, in part, by the generous support of the Richard and Mary McCormick Endowment Fund for the Fine and Performing Arts, the Grace Keenan Fund, and other anonymous sources.