"SAFER: A Virtual Music Revue"

Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance

Free online screening

Oct. 23, 2020
7:30 p.m.


UB Theatre and Dance wishes to acknowledge the generous, continued philanthropic support of Fox Run at Orchard Park, an official 2020-2021 season sponsor, especially in light of the challenges facing Buffalo's vibrant community of performing arts organizations.

The department’s traditional fall 2020 musical will be a newly conceived virtual musical revue titled, “SAFER”. It includes new songs and poetic work by an exciting line-up of professional music theatre composers and lyricists. The show will include selections from “The Ruminations and Reflections of an Armchair Philosopher” by Nathan R. Matthews, show director and associate professor as well as collaborators Terry Berliner and Peter Haslett Kelly. “SAFER” features a cast of UB performance students enrolled in Matthews’s creative research project course.

The show promises to be fun and topical. In this restrictive time, a unique group of music theatre creatives have been recruited to contribute to the students’ experiences, including: Heath Saunders, composer and lyricist; Kim Saunders, author; Andy Peterson, composer; Erik Ransom, composer/lyricist; Michelle Elliot lyricist, author; Danny Larson, composer and co-Lyricist; Drew Fornarola composer, lyricist; Kristen Rosenfeld composer; and Luanne Rosenfeld author, lyricist.

In these times of uncertainty, the arts offer welcome comfort, perspective, escape, joy and intellectual stimulation. UB Theatre and Dance will adapt to a virtual format for the fall season’s lineup of musicals, plays and dance performances. The department’s live and pre-recorded segments will be filmed at the UB Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus, in order to observe all social distancing and safety protocols for the best experience for the talented study body and dedicated patrons.