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Photos by Kalman Zabarsky

Banner image: Bailie de Lacy (’16) and Jordan Matthew Brown (’16) starred in the 2015 Music Theatre Concentration production of Parade.

The School of Theatre’s new Music Theatre Concentration kicked off in fall 2015 and culminated with a production of Parade, starring Jordan Matthew Brown (’16), now performing in the national tour of The Book of Mormon. The 2014 musical, The Human Comedy, and the 2016 musical, The Cradle Will Rock, are among the annual large-scale musicals made possible by the $750,000 Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Musical Theatre Fund.

David J. Castillo

David J. Castillo (’17) starred in the 2016 Music Theatre Concentration production of The Cradle Will Rock.

The Fund builds on CFA’s inherent musical theatre talent; School of Theatre alums are lighting up Broadway in critically acclaimed productions. Andrew Mayer (’11) and Amber Gray (’04) performed in Natasha, Pierre & THE GREAT COMET of 1812. Alex Wyse (’09) appeared in Lysistrata Jones and Spring Awakening and is working on the show Ride the Cyclone. Greg Hildreth (’05), who received the 2015 CFA Inspiring Young Alumni award, appeared in Cinderella, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Brad Oscar (’86), winner of the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award, has been nominated for multiple Tony Awards and stars in Something Rotten.

Thanks, in part, to the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Musical Theatre Fund, CFA is becoming a widely recognized feeder for Broadway casts, positioning BU to become the “preeminent musical theatre school in the country,” says Lane.