Lied hosts 'Hello Broadway!' cabaret as part of ASCAP

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Lied hosts ‘Hello Broadway!’ cabaret as part of ASCAP

Chad Beguelin (left) and Matthew Sklar

The Lied Center for Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites the public to say “Hello, Broadway!” with an evening celebrating the songs of Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11.

“ ‘Hello, Broadway!’ is going to be one of the highlights of the three-day ASCAP New Musical Theatre Workshop and Festival,” said Bill Stephan, executive director of the Lied Center. “This is a rare opportunity to see Broadway masters and your favorite Lincoln talent performing side by side on the Lied Center stage. It’s going to be an unforgettable evening.”

Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, writers of the Broadway musicals “Elf” and “The Wedding Singer,” will be on the Lied main stage Sept. 11 night for an evening of songs from hit musicals and musicals yet to come. Broadway legend Karen Morrow will also be making an appearance alongside Lincoln’s own local artists, including jazz vocalist Jackie Allen, bassist Hans Sturm, and Stan Brown, associate professor in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.

The cabaret is directed by Alisa Belflower, associate producer in musical theatre development with the Lied Center and coordinator of musical theatre studies in UNL’s Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

“Hello, Broadway!” is free and open to the public. Reserve tickets at or call 402-472-4747.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) workshop, held annually in New York and Los Angeles, but with an additional event in Lincoln Sept. 10-12, gives artists the opportunity to “Grow a Show” with the help of renowned industry experts. The workshop will center on staged readings of selected new works from across the United States. The Lied Center has developed a musical theater festival to accompany this prestigious workshop, which includes master classes as well the “Hello, Broadway!” cabaret that will incorporate local talent and visiting Broadway guest artists.

The workshop and the accompanying festival are made possible by support from the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Hixson-Lied Endowment, ASCAP and the UNL Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Program.

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