The 84th Annual Waa-Mu Show

May 1 – 10, 2015
Cahn Auditorium | 600 Emerson, Evanston

The 84th Annual Waa-Mu Show is proud to announce the triumphant 2015 production of GOLD, an original full-length musical set at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.

GOLD tells the story of ambitious athletes on their quest for glory at one of the most celebrated international competitions in history. The political unrest surrounding pre-World War II Germany brings a newfound tension to the traditional camaraderie and spirit of the games. The individuals who have trained their entire lives for this defining moment must, in the end, find the will to achieve their own personal best in a triumphant moment of shared victory. The new stage work is written, composed, choreographed and co-produced by more than 100 Northwestern students.

Join us for a special event:

Ethel M. Barber Theater | 30 Arts Circle Drive

You are invited to learn about the history and process of creating the legendary Waa-Mu Show and take a sneak peek into the 84th annual production entitled GOLD. Hear from Artistic Director David Bell and the students from the 2015 writing class about the mission of Waa-Mu, its collaborative creative process, and its enduring legacy at Northwestern University. 

Light refreshments will be provided.
General admission seating, doors open at 4:30PM.


2015 Waa-Mu Show Senior Co-Chairs

Hannah Dunn
Kylie Mullins
Maxwell Rein

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The Waa-Mu Show is Northwestern University's own original musical, written, performed, and presented by Northwestern students.

The Waa-Mu Show's quirky name stands for the two organizations that banded together to present the first show in 1929, the Women's Athletic Association (W.A.A.) and the Men's Union (M.U.). Since then, Waa-Mu has become a virtual institution for budding young theatrical talent. As Northwestern’s oldest theatrical tradition, The Waa-Mu Show provides undergraduates with the unparalleled opportunity to create an original musical each year. Students serve as leaders in every aspect of development from conception through production to create a show exploring themes and stories that inspire us as college students, challenge us as musical theatre artists, and engage us with our surrounding communities.

The Waa-Mu Show strives to place itself at the forefront of new musical theatre writing, continuing to push the limits of the “greatest college show in America” (Associated Press).


In order to put on the Waa-Mu Show every year, we rely on the generosity and support from our Waa-Mu alumni, supporters, friends and family. Your support will directly contribute to this year's production of GOLD and thus support the creative efforts of our actors, producers, marketers, crew, and entire team!

David Bell (Director) is a Professor of Music Theatre and a professional director who has worked extensively all over the world — including Broadway, Off-Broadway, Carnegie Hall, The National Theatre, London's West End, The Kennedy Center, The Royal Albert Hall, Long Wharf, Ford's Theatre (Artistic Director 1983-1988), The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta (Associate Artistic Director 1992-2001), The Mongodor Theatre (Paris), The National Opera (Berlin), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), and the closing Ceremony of the Barcelona Olympics. More info.

More artists to be announced soon!

TIER 1: $30 General Public
TIER 2: $25 General Public
TIER 2: $22 Seniors, NU Faculty/Staff, Area Educator/Administrator
TIER 2: $10 Full-Time Student

Discounted pricing available for groups of 8 or more in Tier 2.

7:30PM THU | FRI | SAT
2:00PM SUN

Special 2:00PM performance on Saturday May 9.