The Varsity Show, Columbia's oldest performing arts tradition, opens its annual production on April 28. Now in its 111 th year, the Varsity Show is a full-length musical that is student written, directed, acted, choreographed, designed, built and produced and is for and about Columbia students.
Founded in 1894 as a fundraiser for under-sponsored athletic teams, the Varsity Show has been a venue for a long list of alumni while they were CU undergraduates, including such distinguished names as Oscar Hammerstein II, CC'16; Lorenz Hart, CC'18; Richard Rodgers, CC'23; I.A.L. Diamond, CC'41; and Terrence McNally, CC'60. Each year, Columbia and Barnard's finest actors and creative talents gather to "document" many of the aspects of life at Columbia in a work of musical theater. The show is one of the most respected and popular student-run events at Columbia.
Performances are at 8 p.m. from Thursday, April 28 through Sunday, May 1 with an additional performance at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. All performances are held in Roone Arledge Auditorium in Alfred Lerner Hall (115 Street and Broadway).
Tickets are $15 ($5 with CUID) for general admission and $30 for reserved center orchestra seating. Tickets are available at Lerner Hall Box Office and through The Varsity Show.