December 2018 – Drew University’s performance of Heathers: The Musical is nominated for Best College Student Production from BroadwayWorld New Jersey.
The fall 2017 production was directed by Emily Dzioba C’18 and featured 19 songs. In an interview, Dzioba said the play “has a gritty underbelly that I feel other musicals don’t necessarily have. It’s in your face, but in a fun way!” The musical was among a half-dozen plays that Drew’s nationally ranked Theatre & Dance Department produced during the 2017-18 academic year.
Another wrinkle: Heathers: The Musical was co-created by a Drew alumnus: Kevin Murphy C’89, an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. In fact, Murphy helped Dzioba shaped her approach to the play and even returned to campus to see it.
“I’m so humbled and honored to be up in an awards show also recognizing work from professional companies I have worked for and admire,” said Dzioba, who’s now an arts administrator at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J. “Something I was a part of that had an impact on the Drew community had a ripple somewhere else. More people were watching and listening and taking it to heart than we’d ever thought—and that makes me so, so proud.”
Best College Student Production is among 25 prizes that BroadwayWorld will award in January. Other categories include Best Play, Best Professional Theater Company and Best Ensemble Performance in a Play.
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