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November Festival of New Work Features Musical Theatre and Opera Performances

"What's Going On" features the music of Marvin Gaye Nov. 2-4. "No Guarantees," composed by music professor Cynthia Lee Wong, is Nov. 16-17.
Arts and Culture  |  Oct 22, 2018  |  By Jennifer Vaughan
Media Contact: Jennifer Vaughan, 702-895-1575

November brings a festival of new work from the College of Fine Arts that includes both musical theatre and opera in the Black Box Theatre.

What's Going On

Nevada Conservatory Theatre's What's Going On (A Soldier's Story) — book by Carl Anthony Tillman, music by Marvin Gaye, and presented by arrangement with Sony Music — features performer Michael Jahlil and is directed by professor Nate Bynum.

The hardships of battle and war are sometimes only made more difficult by a return to 'the real world.' The story of one black soldier's return home and his attempt to regain the life he left behind is made even more moving by the use of Gaye's musical masterpiece, "What's Going On." The story and music are woven together to make a greater whole and to help the rest of us really understand the question we are being asked in the play.

And the question of course is.....What's Going On?

Show Dates/Times 

  • 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 3
  • 2 p.m. Nov. 3, 4

Tickets: Tickets are $25. Discounts are available.

No Guarantees

Two weeks later, UNLV Opera Theatre proudly presents a workshop production of five scenes from No Guarantees, an android comedy written by composer and professor Cynthia Lee Wong with libretto by Richard Aellen. No Guarantees is a work-in-progress with the anticipated completion date of summer 2019. It has received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Show Dates/Times: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16,17 

Tickets: Tickets are $10. Discounts are available.

More information

For tickets or additional information, visit the Performing Arts Center website or call 702-895-ARTS (2787).


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