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USAO Nabs Tickets for Broadway Shows Starring David Hyde Pierce, Angela Lansbury

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

CHICKASHA – What do famous actors David Hyde Pierce and Angela Lansbury have in common? They’re each starring in runaway Broadway shows. As part of its annual spring New York City trip, the University of Science and Arts has secured tickets to “Curtains” starring Pierce and “Deuce” starring Lansbury, two of the hottest shows on Broadway.

For six days and five nights in May, students, faculty, staff and alumni will join others from across Oklahoma and other states to explore the sensory scenes of New York City. From May 22 to 27, travelers will experience the theatre, art and sightseeing that make New York so famous. The trip is open to the general public and airfare from other cities is available.

A $300 deposit is due by March 5, 2007, with the remaining balance due by April 2, 2007.  All deposits become non-refundable after March 6, 2007. A $100 down payment will reserve a spot on the tour until March 5, 2007.

Under the direction of Roger Drummond, recently retired drama professor of 28 years, and other USAO faculty and staff, tourists will attend at least two major Broadway plays and an introductory seminar about New York.

Drummond announced recently that tickets have been secured for “Curtains,” starring David Hyde Pierce, best known for his role as Niles Crane on television smash hit “Frasier.” The play is an original musical murder mystery comedy by the Tony Award-winning team of Kander and Ebb.

The plot centers around an investigation into the opening night death of a less-than-talented leading lady who has been standing in the way of her show becoming a Broadway smash hit. When Pierce’s character arrives on the scene, the stage-struck detective finds himself trying just as hard to make the show a hit as he is trying to solve the murder.

It’s game, set and match for Drummond’s second theatre choice.

An additional play selected for the trip is “Deuce,” starring award-winning actress Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes. Written by multiple Tony winner Terrance McNally, “Deuce” is a new play centered around two retired tennis players (Lansbury and Seldes) who once made up a championship doubles team.

“The general public will have a hard time getting these tickets,” Drummond said. “But, once again, USAO was able to secure advance tickets to two of the best plays on Broadway.”

Tour costs begin at $1,149 each for USAO students, four to a room. Non-student rates start at $1,249 each for rooms of four. Rooming for three is $1,499 each, two to a room is $1,549 each and single rates are $1,849. Prices are based on current airport fees and fuel surcharges.

Included in the price is round-trip airfare, transportation between the airport and the hotel, accommodations for five nights at the Edison Hotel in the heart of the Theatre District at 47th and Broadway, plus tickets to “Curtains” and “Deuce.” In addition to the basic tour, there will be an optional theatre add-on package and an art museum package available. Meals are not included in the price.

The theatre package offers the addition of one, two or three plays chosen by Drummond.

The art package consists of visits to the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum and other museums or galleries as selected by the tour leader. Costs for the art and theatre add-on packages will be based on the number and types of plays and/or museums selected.

The trip features plenty of free time for individual shopping, sightseeing and other adventures. USAO Independent Study credit is available for students but is not required.

More information is available from Roger Drummond by phone at (405) 361-2554 or by email at facdrummondr@usao.edu and Jackie Knapp at (405) 574-1303 or facknappj@usao.edu. Additional information is available online at www.usao.edu under News & Events.