The Passing Show

An Annual Original Musical Revue

The Passing Show of 2019

A New Musical Revue
Special Benefit Concert
December 2019

A new musical revue celebrating and satirizing the social and cultural happenings of the past year, The Passing Show of 2019 features sketches and songs written by college students and emerging writers. The one-night-only benefit event will be directed and performed by contemporary Broadway artists.

Borrowing the title of what some consider the first American revue, UMC’s new annual event is inspired by the iconic Broadway revues of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, which launched the careers of countless writers.

As author E.Y. Harburg (Finian’s Rainbow, The Wizard of Oz) once explained, “Writing for revues was the only way really that young writers could get started in the theatre, but it was a wonderful way. Revues were constantly being written. Of course, that was before people could sit by their own firesides and turn on a television. They had to go out somewhere to get their entertainment, and Broadway was the place. And so many revues were being done at the time. And most of the revues were contributions by people, by youngster who had come around with songs. And whoever was running the revue – the producer or the director – would listen to anybody’s song. And if he felt it was tailored for anybody in the show, why they’d buy it. So, an up and coming writer really had an opportunity to show his wares and get a song placed in a show here and a show there, stand behind the back of the audience, and see what the song was evoking from an audience. And by that terrific practical experience, could tell what was wrong with the song, how it affected an audience, what to do next time.”


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The 2019 Writers Council, which will serve as advisors, includes Jeff Bowen, Adam Gwon, Anna K. Jacobs, Kait Kerrigan, and Georgia Stitt.

The Passing Show is an annual benefit concert for UnsungMusicalsCo., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.