SDSU’s musical theater program features Steel Pier from December 2-7, 2021. Steel Pier is SDSU’s first musical to be presented to an in-person audience since the pandemic began two years ago. The show continues to follow Covid-19 safety protocol, including a fully vaccinated cast and crew. No digital streaming viewing will be available. Steel Pier is written by John kander and Fred ebb, authors of many classics of musical theater, including Chicago and Cabaret.
Director Stephen brotebeck says, âWe are delighted to return to the in-person performances with the spectacular Steel Pier musical. It’s the 1933 Atlantic City Dance Marathon and we transformed the Main Stage Theater stage into the Marine Ballroom on the famous Steel Pier. of Kander and Ebb’s most romantic sheet music, Steel Pier is a nonstop song and dance extravaganza with a talented cast of 24. As an audience member, you will find yourself cheering on your favorite marathon pair while following all the romance and drama that comes with it. “
The main cast will feature the graduate students of the MFA Musical Theater whose collective work covers Broadway, international and regional / local productions. The 2022 class includes Julio Catano, Casey craig, Victoria Fowler, Melissa glasgow, Sheldon Gomabon, Kyle Montgomery, Clinton sherwood, and Chris Shin.
In addition to the MFA class, Steel Pier will feature sixteen undergraduates. Sarah Marie Hernandez plays Precious, a role that started the career of Tony winner Kristen Chenoweth. Sarah Marie says, âAfter over a year of virtual performances, Steel Pier is definitely one of the craziest shows to mark the return of live theater with an all-live audience at SDSU. Most missed in live theater is the energy of the rehearsal room, and being around people who are just as passionate and eager to get back to the stage as you are has been a welcome gift. nightly rehearsals and balancing life in person was certainly a fit, but the incredible cast and creativity of Steel Pier definitely made it worth the really long nights and hours of dancing. “