Aug. 25-26: Musical comedy ‘First Date’ at Bryan Hall Theatre

First_Date_the_Musical poster coverPULLMAN, Wash. – “First Date,” a Broadway musical comedy, will performed by the WSU School of Music Aug. 25-26 in Bryan Hall Theatre.

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Casey (Mikalah Barem) and Aaron (Bogdan Theo Mynka) are on their first date (photo l-r), but they are joined by various personifications of the voices in their heads including parents, siblings, friends and exes, played by Kristina Gaumnitz, Michael Adams, Lauren Kaleikini-Torrez and Daniel Jinguji.

When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy New York restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines. Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives? Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

First Date is based on a book by Austin Winsberg, which he adapted into the play, with music and lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner. The play is directed by Julie Wieck, associate professor of music, with musical accompaniment by Frankie Bones, graduate student, and Nicholas Theriault, undergraduate student.

Performances (90 minutes with no intermission) will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25-26. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, and $15 general admission.


Media Contact:

  • Julie Wieck, associate professor, WSU School of Music,, 509-335-4331.