UofL Opera Theatre to present operettas and Broadway hits


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The School of Music Opera Theatre at the University of Louisville will perform “A Frank Loesser Songbook” and “Here’s a Howdy Do – An Operetta Review” at 7 p.m., Dec. 2 and 3, at the Rudyard Kipling, 422 W. Oak Street.

    Frank Loesser, an Academy Award, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner, wrote the lyrics and scores to the Broadway hits “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business” as well as numerous songs for films that remain widely recognized in the United States.

    Loesser’s songs, including the Academy Award-winning song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” will be performed by the school’s opera workshop and a theater I class.

    Following the songbook performance, the opera II group will sing some of the world’s great operettas such as “The Mikado,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “Orpheus in the Underworld,” “Die Fledermaus,” “The Student Prince and the Desert Son,” “Kismet,” and “Show Boat” at 8 p.m.

    Mike Ramach, who directs the music opera program at UofL, said the production gives students a chance to perform in a fun venue.

    “Music theatre is part of their training, whether it’s opera, operetta or musical theatre. The students range from freshmen to graduate students in the ensembles. It should be a lot of fun for all ages,” said Ramach.

    Admission is available at the door and patrons are asked to pay what they can for the performance. Dinner reservations are available beginning at 6 p.m. by calling the Rudyard Kipling at 502-636-1311.

    For additional details, contact Ramach at 502-852-0544.