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Just in time for the musical theater program at Texas State to put on a production of Mark Hollmann’s 2001 composition Urinetown, Hollmann has been named the 2013 Composer-in-Residence at Texas State.

Hollmann

Hollmann

Hollmann received the Tony Award, the National Broadway Theatre Award and the Obie Award for his score to Urinetown the Musical, which itself won Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards for best musical.

“Our Spring production is Urinetown, so it seemed like the perfect time to have Mark join us,” said Kaitlin Hopkins, head of Texas State’s musical theatre program. “I’ve known Mark for years, and I know that he is someone our students will really connect with.”

This spring, Hollmann will attend rehearsals of Texas State’s production of Urinetown as well as workshopping his new project, Hooray for Iceboy (music and lyrics by Hollmann, book by Erin Quinn Purcell and Jay Reiss) with the Texas State musical theatre students.

In 2011, as part of the Harrison Commission, then Composer-in-Residence Andrew Lippa workshopped and conducted the premiere performances of a new version of his musical A Little Princess at Texas State, which is now licensed by MTI. In 2012, Choreographer-in-Residence Christopher d’Amboise developed and workshopped an original piece with the students.

“The Composer-in-Residence and Choreographer-in-Residence program has been a great success,” said John Fleming, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “For our students to get a chance to work with someone of Mark’s caliber is a great learning experience and strengthens that bridge between their training and the profession.”

Ticket information for the Texas State University production of Urinetown can be found at www.theatreanddance.txstate.edu or by calling the box office at (512) 245-2204.

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