First commissioned musical sets NYC concert date!

PSU Sings Joe Iconis
Penn State Sings Joe Iconis at 54 BELOW
Saturday, January 28, 2017
9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.


One of our new initiatives in Penn State Musical Theatre is to commission writers to write musicals for our students. Joe Iconis—our first writer—visited last year and met the junior class. We had picnics, discussions, master classes, mock auditions, and a concert—and then he started writing! This semester—in a class called “Senior Studio”—we have been learning and developing the show with him. He has visited us in person and on Skype, and, so far, the project has been a huge success. The students are learning the ins and outs of developing a brand-new character in a completely new musical!

A romance set in a 1960s “juvie hall” for girls, the yet-untitled musical uses classic “bad girl” movies as the inspiration for a story of young people caught between eras of a changing America and their attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. The music uses rock and roll structure and excitement, mixed with some of the “girl groups” of the early ‘60s. The inspiration for the musical and the evolving characters originated with Joe’s visit with the students as part of last spring’s meetings and discussions.

The 54 Below concert will feature some of the material from the show, as well as classic incendiary Iconis tunes. In spring 2017, we will present a concert and reading of the full show in State College! Keep an eye out for that date and time—we would love to have you attend.

Joe Iconis has penned the musicals Be More Chill, Drama Desk Award-nominated Bloodsong of Love, The Black Suits, ReWrite, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks, as well as the theatrical concert Things to Ruin. His songs were featured on season 2 of NBC’s Smash, and he is currently working on several new musicals.


Please consider joining us for this very exciting evening at 54 BELOW! There are shows at 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.


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