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APSU Theatre and Dance presents ‘The World Goes ‘Round’ April 5-9

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance, in association with the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will celebrate show tunes from both stage and screen next week when it presents Kander and Ebb’s “The World Goes ‘Round” at the Trahern Theatre.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — The Austin Peay State University Department of Theatre and Dance, in association with the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts will celebrate show tunes from both stage and screen next week when it presents Kander and Ebb’s “The World Goes ‘Round” at the Trahern Theatre.

The musical, directed by APSU professor Darren Michael and featuring choreography by APSU associate professor Marcus Hayes and musical direction by APSU associate professor Dr. Christopher Hayes, runs from Wednesday, April 5, through Saturday, April 8, with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. each night. A special matinee performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.

From the world of the distinguished writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, “The World Goes ‘Round” is a revue of hits created by the pair, including “New York, New York,” “All That Jazz,” “Mr. Cellophane” and “And The World Goes ‘Round,” among many others. The parade of songs is woven through a story featuring humor, romance, dance and non-stop melody, all celebrating life and the fighting spirit shown by five individuals going through a whirlwind life of love, babies and a lot of coffee.

Michael said Kander and Ebb, who have penned celebrated musicals such as “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” were famous for “highly theatrical” work that engaged audiences. In APSU’s production, he says the cast and crew’s goal is to bring that same energy to the campus community. 

“What we’ve tried to do in this production is invite the audience in, allowing them to become a part of the show,” Michael said. “(Kander and Ebb’s) work is always a tease to the audience. Yes, they explore some wonderfully deep themes and emotions, but they also want to make sure the audience is very engaged.

“We’ve made sure that the audience knows that they are our focus from the opening number,” Michael added. “We break the fourth wall immediately from the first song.  And continue that throughout. I hope no one feels safe and feels that at any moment there may be a performer in an audience member’s lap.”

Tickets for “The World Goes ‘Round” are $10 for students/military/seniors and $15 for adults. For more information, contact the Trahern Theatre box office at (931) 221-7379 or by emailing boxoffice@apsu.edu.