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Colorado Mesa University opened its 2015-16 Theatre Arts Season with the Tony award-winning musical Nine, a Grand Valley premiere.

Mainstage theatre season opens with extravagant musical production

Colorado Mesa University opened its 2015-16 Theatre Arts Season with the Tony award-winning musical Nine, a Grand Valley premiere. With a musical score by Maury Yeston of Titanic fame, Nine is a big Broadway musical that audience members may recognize from the 2009 movie of the same name starring Daniel Day Lewis, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman and Judy Dench. The stage show also had a revival in 2003 and starred Antonio Banderas.

CMU’s production stars Colton Pratt as Guido Contini and features the scenic design of the department’s new scenographer, Kris Dietrich, who is making his CMU debut. Jeremy Franklin, instructor of theatre, directs.

Nine is the story of a celebrated film director (a character based on the influential 20th century filmmaker Federico Fellini) and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film — all as he is pursued by the beautiful women of his past and present. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life, which will become the material for his next film, a musical version of the Casanova story.

This beautiful musical seamlessly blends the worlds of fantasy and reality. The inspiration for Nine comes from Fellini’s 1963 movie 8 ½. The show is rated PG-13.

Tickets for Nine are available at the box office by calling 970.248.1604 or may be purchased online at coloradomesa.edu/mosstickets. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, faculty and staff and $6 for students.

Student Rush will be on Sept. 30. Rush prices are $5 for faculty and staff and $4 for students. To obtain rush tickets, buyers must present their MAVcard at the box office on the day of the show. Only one ticket may be purchased per MAVcard.

By Laura Bradley

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