Oakland University’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance is unofficially kicking off the new school student-directed, student-written musical. The play, ‘Young Man’s Blues,’ is inspired by the music of Elton John, with book by Peter Giessl and David Meese and direction by Kryssy Becker.
This can’t help but be fun.
Sir Elton has been around so long that it’s easy to take his work for granted. Together with Bernie Taupin, with whom he has collaborated on more than 30 albums since 1967, he has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. His work holds up – earning five Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award.
He has also been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS and is a champion for LGBT social movements. And he’s been around long enough to loose more than his share of loved ones.
‘It’s like a rolling dice in the belly of the blues
And blues never fade away
Hey, hey, hey, colors run when the rain falls
But blues never fade away.’
Performances of ‘Young Man’s Blues’ are Friday, Sept. 3rd- 8pm, Saturday, Sept. 4th- 8pm & 10pm, and Sunday, Sept 5th, 8pm in the Varner Lab Theatre on the campus of Oakland University. Entrance is yours for a suggested $5 donation.
This is the kind of show that keeps finding its way to the bigger markets (Mama Mia, Jersey Boys, Moving Out) – why not see it now so you can tell your grandchildren about it some day?