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University Theatre
off 7th St. Between W Campus Dr and E Campus Dr. on the campus of CSULB 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840
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658 events
377 reviews
-333 stars
658 events
377 reviews
-333 stars
Nice casual dress. its a nice theatre.
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"Ben Franklin in Paris"
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4.7 average rating
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237 events
72 reviews
31 stars
attended Aug 15 2010

An unusually packed house for this inaugural in a series of staged readings from Musical Theater West. I enjoyed this a LOT more than their bloated 1776 a few months ago, especially with the strong performance of Michael G. Hawkins as Ben...continued

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12 reviews
241 stars
attended Aug 15 2010

A Fabulous Start to a New Tradition for Musical Theatre West - bringing rarely staged Musical Theatre works to our local audiences via Staged Readings!

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7 reviews
6 stars
attended Aug 15 2010

Delightful! Excellent leads, evocative staging, good songs well-delivered and (most) well-articulated.

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This rarely-seen gem of a musical follows one of America’s Founding Fathers as he travels to France to secure the King’s support in the Colonies’ war against Britain.

This show (with two songs ghost-written by Jerry Herman) was Robert Preston’s first star vehicle following his triumph in The Music Man and is a charming period piece.

Staged readings are performed with script in hand using minimal staging and choreography. Limited props and costume pieces are used, allowing the imaginations of the audience to take over. Staged readings are the perfect way for audiences to enjoy a show from yesterday or be introduced to a new piece of musical theatre.

About the Ticket Supplier: Musical Theatre West

Musical Theatre West is one of Southern California’s oldest and most respected regional musical theatre companies and draws more than 60,000 patrons to Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Now in its 62nd season, Musical Theatre West is the fastest growing arts organization in Long Beach and is dedicated to preserving musical theatre as a unique American art form.