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Spotlight shines on U alumni returning for anniversary concert

Welcome to where it all began.

More than 50 U-M alumni will return Saturday to perform in a first-ever concert celebrating the musical theatre program. The 8 p.m. performance at Hill Auditorium on the Ann Arbor campus features distinguished graduates alongside current students in a varied program of Broadway hits and University productions.

"Audiences will see and hear for themselves why University of Michigan graduates are making such a big impact in American musical productions," says Brent Wagner, chair, Department of Musical Theatre.

"These are the performers who are setting the standard in musical theatre and their success and talent is truly staggering," he says. "They are the finest ambassadors for U-M and the musical theatre program."

Now in its 25th year, U-M's Musical Theatre program cultivated the talent and fostered the hopes of many successful alumni, including actors, composers and producers. With its emergence in the last two decades, the program widely is recognized as a preeminent training ground for American musical theatre performers.

The anniversary concert will feature numbers from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Jersey Boys," "Wicked" and "Avenue Q," along with songs from undergraduate shows "Big River," "Anything Goes," "Rent" and "Candide," among others.

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