hysterical Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is expected to bring music, laughter and
improvisation to Elgin Community College
Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. Broadway’s Next H!T Musical is an award-winning
improvised musical comedy that is bound to be a show stopper. The performances
will be held in the ECC Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.
song is fresh. Every scene is new. It is all improvised, and it is all funny.
In the first act, Broadway-ready tunes are improvised based on audience
suggestions. The audience votes on their favorite showstopper, and the troupe
returns in the second act to perform a brand new musical based on that song.
Every lyric, melody and jazz hand is entirely improvised in this amazing and
New York Times calls Broadway’s Next H!T Musical “Hilarious!” Time Out NY says,
“At last! A musical of, for, and by the people.”
improvisers gather made-up, hit song suggestions from the audience and create a
spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter. The audience votes for their
favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full blown improvised
musical—complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists
galore. BNHM has been seen recently at The Triad, Tribeca Film Festival, and at
the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others.
Tickets to Broadway’s Next
H!T Musical are $32. A
three-course, pre-show dinner prepared by ECC’s award-winning Culinary Arts and
Hospitality program can be purchased for an additional $29. The menu will
include corn chowder, BBQ brisket accompanied by a twice baked
potato and collard greens, and peach
cobbler. Dinners are
served at 5p.m. in the Spartan Terrace Restaurant, located in the lobby of the
ECC Arts Center. Dinners must be ordered
on or before Monday, January 27.
for all performances in the ECC Arts Center are available online at tickets.elgin.edu
or at the ECC box office located in the Arts Center. Box office hours are noon
to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To
purchase tickets by phone, call 847-622-0300. All major credit cards are
About the “Broadway’s
Next H!T Musical” Artistic Directors:
Rob Schiffmann has worked and
toured as a professional improviser and musician for over seventeen years. As a
two-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) Award winner and the
recipient of the 2011 INNY (Improvisation News) Award for Best Improv Coach,
Rob’s musical and improv talents are known across the country. He has
taught and directed improv at The School for Film and Television, Weist-Barron,
and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
graduate of Oberlin College, Rob worked regularly with Chicago City Limits as a
performer, teacher and director from 1994 to 2011. Rob joined Broadway’s Next
H!T Musical in 2001. BNHM’s master improvisers started their success at
the famous NYC cabaret club Don’t Tell Mama as well as with the New York
Musical Theater Festival. Rob became Co-Artistic Director in 2009, and
continues to perform with the hysterical troupe throughout the country and at
their resident theater The Triad in NYC. Called “sharper than a pound of
cheddar cheese” by reviewfix.com, Rob has showcased his skills on The Daily
Download and The CBS Early Show. Rob’s musical talent is also
evident with the New York based acoustic-pop band, The Hillary Step; he is the
main writer, lead singer, guitarist, and Music Director.
Deb Rabbai: An original member and co-creator of
Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, native New Yorker Deb Rabbai has worked as an
actor, improviser, singer and voiceover artist for the last twenty years. Deb
became the Co-Artistic Director of BNHM in 2009 and has proudly witnessed its
progress over the last two decades into the hilarious hit it is today.
graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, Deb performs
regularly with the national touring improv company Chicago City Limits. Deb
is a highly experienced teacher of improvisation and acting, having worked at
NYU, Marymount Manhattan College, The American Comedy Institute, Weist-Barron
and Acteen in NYC. She also spent ten years performing and teaching
improvisation with Freestyle Repertory Theatre (TheatreSports New York). Deb
successfully created programs that teach curriculum through improvisation –
these programs have been integrated into public schools in New York, New Jersey
and Connecticut. Deb has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and
in national commercials for MasterCard, Wendy’s and Zyrtec. Deb has done
countless voiceovers, ranging from radio and TV advertisements, to video games
and Japanimation/anime films.
elgin.edu/arts for more information about the ECC Arts Center, including video
clips of upcoming artists and events, the Standing Room Only blog, and links to
the Arts Center’s Twitter and Facebook pages.