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rMonday, February7, 199

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Union pera Slated March 23,24, 25
Show First Br tPast
Since 1941 Recahed by
Presentation RevivalTry
Once the biggest campus artistic A fascinating, almost incredible
event of the year, the Michigan history, highlighted by perform-
Union Opera. is being revived this ances at the White House, the
season after a lapse of almost a Metropolitan Opera and on
decade. Broadway, lies behind the Mich-
Casting is nearsy complete for igan Union Opera.
the Opera's ail -mae musical ex-Conceived in 1907 as a means of
travaganza. Pro y Bottom." to raising money to build the Union,
be presented on March 23. 24, and the 0 r was a success from the
25, at the Michigan Theatre.t ineasing csnmtde
sait increasing in na u
DAVE LEYSHON. chairman of w'th each passing year.
the Opera Comm e, has prom-IN 1 that the oper
ised that thesow, which boastsa┬░IWAIN193ttthopr
reached its empyrean with a show
cast of 40 actors, singers and call Cottis Stockin Taken
dancers, will equal or surpass any on the road after an enthusias-
of i illustnous prdecessois tically-received Ann Arbor pre-
The plot of '"Froggy Bottom," miere, the show toured the East,
a musical comedy by Jim and in a one night stand at the
Wright, graduate English stu- Metropolitan Opera, shattered the
dent from Flint, concerns the 4 gross receipts record for an am-
troubles of married students ateur performance at that institu-
living in a temporary housingM2 tion.
project. So successful was the produc-
Any similarity between Willow tion that its cast received and
Villageyand the houing areain MALE PULCHRITUDE ON PARADE-An artist's conception of a scene from the Union Opera's accepted an invitation to appear
"Froggy Bottom' is purely in-atheWieHu.
nial, production, "Froggy Bottom,"' to be presented M arch 23, 24 and 25, at the Michigan Theater. at the8Wh oe.
ing Opera was struck a disastrous
THE SHOW'S sparkling musical FRED EVANS, veteran theatri- financial blow from which it never
score was written by several Stu- cal producer and director, as ifai O rder Tichet Sales Start ully recovered. A few hours be-
dents, including Ed Chudacoff, been engaged to direct the pro- fore the show was due to open on
Jim Ebersole, Ted Johnson and duction. Mail orders for tickets to any of the three Union opera per- New Year's Eve in New York City,
Ralph Hamilton. s . - formances of "Froggy Bottom," on March 23, 24 or 25, are now a raging blizzard swept the area.
There is a possibility that Ev'ans is an- old-timer in show bigacpe The curtains parted at showtime
some of the music will be business, having worked with such being accepted.
Checks and mail orders should specify the date desired and to reveal an empty house.
played over a national radio outstanding personalities as Mike That catastrophe sounded the
network by the Fred Waring or- Todd, George M. Cohan, Florenz death knell for the Opera, except
ganization. . ' Ticket prices are $1.20, $1.80 and $2.40. Orders will be recorded for send-successful revivals in
Don Craig, director of Fred Ziegfeld and George Shubert. He according to the date received and will be filled before Monday, 1935-36 and in 1940-41. The war
Waring's Glee Club, showed great also spent five years at the Chez March 7, when tickets go on sale in the Union lobby, effectively crushed all hopes of a
interest in the Opera while in Paree, and during World War 2 Because of heavy alumni demands for tickets, students are permanent revival engendered by
Ann Arbor last year for a per- served overseas with the USO. urged by the Opera Committee to place their orders immediately the 1940 show, in which Tom Har-
formance at Bill Auditorium, and Bill Zerman, "the poor man's to assure themselves of good seats. Dormitory groups desiring mon starred and the 1941 produc-
at his request, the music is being Billy Rose," heads the Opera's a block of seats together may obtain them by ordering now. tion which featured Forrest Eva-
sent to him promotional staff. shevski,

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