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Performing Arts Events 2016-2017

Biloxi Blues

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical play, Biloxi Blues, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1985. It tells the story of Eugene Jerome, a young army recruit during WW II, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love, along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Directed by Matt Neves
December 2, 3, 4
Theatre Too
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm

Tickets can be purchased online at TicketLeap or in advance at the College of the Desert Bookstore. Tickets are also available at the door where the box office opens 45 minutes before each performance.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart.
 
Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus (251–183 BC), specifically Pseudolus, Miles Gloriosus, and Mostellaria, the musical tells the bawdy story of a slave named Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.
 
The plot displays many classic elements of farce, including puns, the slamming of doors, cases of mistaken identity (frequently involving characters disguising themselves as one another), and satirical comments on social class.
 
The title derives from a line often used by vaudeville comedians to begin a story: "A funny thing happened on the way to the theater". The musical's original 1962 Broadway run won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Author (Musical). A Funny Thing has enjoyed several Broadway and West End revivals and was made into a successful film starring the original lead of the musical, Zero Mostel.
 
​Directed by Matthew Neves
Choreographed by Se Layne
Musical Direction by Scott Smith
 
April 27, 28, 29 & 30, 2017
McCallum Theatre
 
For Tickets call 760-340-ARTS or www.mccallumtheatre.com