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‘And All That Jazz’ show by HU Singers today and Sat.

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By Margaret McKinney
Highlands University

The New Mexico Highlands University HU Singers will perform a medley of songs from the musicals Cabaret and Chicago 7:30 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

And All That Jazz is a full musical production that includes original choreography, sets and costumes.

Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral program in the Department of Music, is the musical director and piano accompanist.

The artistic director for the production is Don Evans, a Highlands University speech and theater faculty member.
Cabaret and Chicago are two of the most popular and longest-running musicals in the history of Broadway. While Cabaret is set in Berlin in the 1930s, the Chicago story takes place during the American prohibition era.

Some musical selections from Cabaret include, Cabaret, Wilkommen, Mein Herr, Two Ladies, Maybe This Time, and Don’t Tell Mama, among others.

Songs from Chicago include They Both Reached for Their Gun, All I Care About is Love, Cellblock Tango, Roxie, Mr. Cellophane, and more.

“This is going to be a crowd-pleasing, spectacular show of song and dance,” Evans said. “The production is inspired by the silent movie classic Metropolis and steampunk science fiction – a clockwork universe of gears and cogs rather than modern-day electronics.

“In each song, the characters begin in a mechanized, industrial mode – discovering their human spirit through the song and dance,” Evans said.

Music students who are vocal soloists include sopranos Kayla Gonzales and Lynette Melendrez, altos Autumn Woods and Beth Meyer, and tenors Quintin Leger, Ron Martínez, Michael Rascon, and Pierce Stowman.

The production features elaborate dance numbers for each of the songs choreographed by music students Trevontae Harris and Michael Rascon.

The dramatic set and costumes feature the steampunk science fiction theme – a genre that emphasizes the themes of oppression and desperation that are prevalent in Cabaret and Chicago.

Evans designed and built the steampunk set, with help from students Nicholas Evans, Carlos Martínez, and Diandra Perez.

The costumes for And All That Jazz were a collaborative project produced by music students Karliz de Marco and Joe Rivera, along with Don Evans.

All tickets are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.